Kohli: Conditions had to be right for India to take up a day-night Test

By Sports Desk November 21, 2019

Virat Kohli has insisted India were correct to hold off on playing a day-night Test until they were confident the conditions were right.

India turned down the opportunity to play a day-night match against Australia in Adelaide in 2018.

However, the world's leading Test side will play across the afternoon and evening for the first time when they take on Bangladesh in Kolkata on Friday.

It is the second match of a two-game series, with India having cruised to victory by an innings and 130 runs in the opening Test.

Captain Kohli had been reluctant to test the waters for a day-night Test, but believes India have made the correct decision in biding their time to play in the altered format.

"Obviously we wanted to get a feel of pink-ball cricket. Eventually, it had to happen," Kohli, whose side are facing a Bangladesh team that has lost its last four Tests, told a news conference.

"But, you can't bring up those things before a big tour that you're going to and suddenly in the schedule, there's a pink-ball Test, when we haven't even practiced with the pink ball – we haven't played any first-class games with pink ball.

"The thing was to experience the pink-ball Test in our own conditions first, so you get the hang of how the ball behaves, what is the way to sight the ball and so on.

"Then, eventually, going and playing with the pink ball anywhere in the world. So it can't be a sudden thing. 

"It needed a bit of preparation. Once you get a hang of it, once you're used to playing it, there's no problem in playing at all."

Kohli, though, does not feel day-night matches will become the norm in Test cricket.

"I don't think [it will be] in five-six years," he said.

"In my opinion, this should not become the only way Test cricket is played because then you're losing that nervousness in the first session in the morning.

"Yes, you can bring excitement into Test cricket but you can't purely make Test cricket based on just entertaining people."

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