Kohli voices support for day-night Tests

Nagpur, Nov 24 (IANS) Indian Test captain Virat Kohli has voiced his support for day-night Tests, the first of which will feature Australia and New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval from November 27.

He added that it is a big experiment and looks like an exciting concept. “It is a landmark Test. It is a big experiment. It is a big step towards changing something in Test cricket. I am hopeful that it will work. I also hope it can be another option as well,” Kohli told reporters here.

Kohli also praised the two teams, Australia and New Zealand on taking up the challenge of playing in the first ever day and night Test.

“I’m glad two teams have actually agreed to play an official Test like that as an experiment. Credit to Australia and New Zealand, both, that they have decided to do this. Hopefully it will be better for the game. It will be a step which we all will remember few years down the line. Let’s hope so,” he said.

The 27-year-old also said that cricketers need to contribute to the game however possible and believes that if the new idea adds excitement to the five-day format,then the players should be game for it.

“As I said, it is a step towards something. If it is officially put into place it will be something different, it will be something exciting. As cricketers we all should be willing and accepting of the fact that we need to step forward and contribute to the game however possible,” Kohli said.

“If this is a step towards improving the excitement and the popularity of Test cricket, then I think every team should be in for it.”

The right-handed batsman has not yet tried his hand at pink-ball cricket, but has heard from other players that the pink ball was difficult to pick during the twilight period.

“I have heard a few of the players giving feedback on playing with the pink ball. The only thing that they were concerned about is that during twilight it is hard to pick up the ball. During the day it was still fine. And at night it was okay as well, but when the floodlights are not sort of on and the sun is going down is when they found it very difficult,” he said.

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