A fully spin-friendly pitch is expected at Motera, but Indian captain Virat Kohli believes that fast bowlers are also spinners in the India vs England Day Night Test against England. The same role as K.
In the four-match series, both teams are tied at 1–1 and the nature of the new pitch of the newly prepared stadium remains the center of discussion before the third Test begins on Wednesday. Asked if the ball is unlikely to swing in the third Test, Kohli said that he felt the fast bowlers would have a chance in the match as long as the ball was solid and shiny.
‘Pink ball swings more than red ball’
Kohli said in the press conference before the match, ‘I don’t think this is an accurate analysis (that the ball will not swing). The pink ball swings more than the red ball. We experienced it when we played for the first time in 2019 (against Bangladesh).
Kohli also rejected the assessment that if the pitch helps the fast bowlers, England will have a bigger upper hand. He said, ‘I am not bothered about what are the strong and weak sides of the England team. We have also beaten them at their home ground where the ball moves more so we are not bothered by it.
‘We have the world’s best bowling attack’
Kohli said, ‘And yes, the opposing team also has many weaknesses, if you can take advantage of it. If it is a fast bowling friendly pitch for them, it will be for us as well. The Indian captain said, ‘And you probably know that we have the best bowling attack in the world, so we are not worried about how the ball will move. We are ready for any situation.
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Both teams will go into this match amid uncertainties. The pink ball is known to help the fast bowlers but it remains to be seen how much it helps the spinners, who are India’s strong side at home. Senior Indian batsman Rohit Sharma has already said that it will be a spin-friendly pitch.
‘Facing the pink ball is more challenging than the red ball’
Kohli said that no matter what the surface will be, facing the pink ball is more challenging than the red ball. He said, ‘Any kind of pitch, playing with pink ball is more challenging. Especially in the evening. Yes, there will definitely be a role for spinners but I don’t think fast bowlers and new balls can be ignored. As long as the ball is solid and bright, the pink ball will have his role in the match which we know about and we are preparing accordingly.