36 all-out not a scar: Kohli
Virat Kohli went back to the time when India recorded their lowest-ever Test total, 36, against Australia last year.
That happened when Indian batting line-up collapsed against hostile Australian bowling in the first session of day three in the first Test (D/N) in Adelaide. The ’45 minutes of bad cricket’ handed India an eight-wicket defeat. But Team India moved on and clamed emphatic 2-1 series victory in the four match series.
England, too, have a bizarre experience with the pink-ball. They were rattled for 58 (at one stage they were 27/9) by New Zealand in Auckland in March 2018.
Kohli, India skipper, does not expect something like this to repeat anytime soon, “Both are bizarre experiences for two quality sides. If you ask England the same question that do you think you could be bowled out for 50 again, their answer will be no. Because you understand that on particular day, things are meant to happen a certain way and whatever you try to do, it is out of your control and nothing seems to go right. Exactly what happened to us in Adelaide.
“Barring that 45 minutes of bad cricket, we dominated that Test as well. We are confident of how we play the pink ball. Even in Australia, where the pitches were assisting their seamers, they were under the pump throughout the game. We understand that quite well. From the outside, things are not as detailed or as explained about what happens in the change room. But you understand exactly what went wrong that day and you brush it aside, which the team did beautifully in the Melbourne Test. These are experiences. Not a mental scar. Not a hindrance. Something you learn from and move ahead.”
Kohli’s counterpart Joe Root believes pink-ball Tests are about getting used to conditions and cashing in on opportunities.
“There has been a trend of collapses in pink-ball Test matches. One thing that stands out is those vital first 20 balls, making sure you get used to tracking the ball, get used to the conditions and being very aware of how things can change throughout the day. It’s not necessarily just that one moment under lights or that twilight period. Sometimes it’s been right at the start of the game in the morning session, or late on day four, that these strange passages of play have happened. When you get that opportunity, and you’re on the right side of it in the field, you have to take every opportunity and really make that count in your favour,” Root said.
Ahmedabad’s refurbished Motera Stadium, the largest cricket stadium, is set to host the second day-night Test in India. The match will start at 2:30 pm local time. After two Tests in Chennai, the four-match series is poised on one-all.