‘Absolutely open to playing a day-night Test in Australia’ – Virat Kohli
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has expressed his openness on playing a day-night Test in Australia.
India and Bangladesh were the only teams left to play a pink-ball Test until they faced each other at Eden Gardens, where India had thumped Bangladesh by an innings margin. Kohli, who led his side to a victory at the same venue where India play Australia in the series opener, said it [pink-ball Test] had become an exciting feature in any Test series.
“We played a day-night Test here and we’re pretty happy with how it went and it’s become a very exciting feature in any Test series, so we’re absolutely open to playing a day-night Test [in Australia],” Kohli said [as quoted by Wisden.com].
Earlier, Cricket Australia were keen on having at least one day-night Test when India toured Down Under in 2018-19. However, BCCI were reluctant about it with reportedly concerns raised by their players.
The other notable exclusion from India’s last tour Down Under was the series opener at Brisbane, where the home side have been invincible. Australia are yet to lose a Test match at Brisbane since 1988.
After hammering Pakistan in Brisbane last year, Tim Paine had taken a cheeky dig at Virat Kohli when asked if he would like to play India at Brisbane.
“We’ll certainly try and we’ll have to run that by Virat, we’ll get an answer from him at some stage I’m sure,” Paine had remarked.
“Brisbane is where we like to start our summer, and that’s how it’s been for a long, long time, except for last summer. As I said, we’ll ask Virat, see if we can get his permission to play here, and maybe even get a pink-ball Test if he’s in a good mood.”
‘This time around, the series will be more challenging’
Australia have been in red hot form in their home summer, winning all five Tests against Pakistan and New Zealand. The return of David Warner and Steven Smith has given their batting a major boost while the addition of Marnus Labuschagne has been a revelation.
Kohli admitted that India’s tour Down Under will be more challenging for his bowlers, who had decimated Australia’s batting last time around. “This time, I think the series is going to be very different in terms of their batting challenging our bowlers,” he said. “To be fair, last time their players were not very experienced. If you take out David and Steve… Marnus came in, but he played only one game.
“The way he’s shaped up over the last [Australian] summer, it’s been amazing… so much consistency is always good to watch at the international level, and the hunger and passion you can see in his game, so yeah, it will be a challenge for us to break that batting order, but a challenge that we should look forward to.”