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India vs England: Virat Kohli Says Players Need To Adapt Quickly To LED Lights At Narendra Modi Stadium

Indian skipper Virat Kohli is worried that the lights at the Narendra Modi Stadium here could potentially impact visibility and said the players will need to adapt quickly. The refurbished stadium, the largest cricketing arena in the world, doesn't have the traditional floodlight towers but a ring of LED lights around the perimeter of its roof.

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  • Updated: February 24, 2021, 5:51 PM IST
India vs England: Virat Kohli Says Players Need To Adapt Quickly To LED Lights At Narendra Modi Stadium

Indian skipper Virat Kohli is worried that the lights at the Narendra Modi Stadium here could potentially impact visibility and said the players will need to adapt quickly. The refurbished stadium, the largest cricketing arena in the world, doesn’t have the traditional floodlight towers but a ring of LED lights around the perimeter of its roof.

It is similar to the ”ring of fire” at the Dubai International Stadium, which often poses a challenge to the fielding side. “It is such an exciting atmosphere here at the largest cricket stadium. I’m a bit more worried about the lights than the colour of the seats,” Kohli said at the toss ahead of the day/night Test against England.

“When it gets lost with the lights at the back, it’s hard to spot the ball. We’ve played at a similar stadium at Dubai. It’s about angles, body positions. You need to adapt pretty quickly,” Kohli added.

During last year’s Indian Premeir League in the UAE, several regulation catches were dropped by fielders in Dubai due to the blinding lights, as compared to the stadiums Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Kohli also reiterated that he doesn’t think the orange seats at the stands would pose a visibility challenge for the players.

Meanwile, Kohli lauded Ishant Sharma’s efforts for playing his 100th Test. “I have known Ishant for many years now,” Kohli said in a virtual press conference. He also touched upon how the two started playing state cricket and were together from the first season onwards. “We were roommates for a long time for state cricket, in Ranji cricket circuit,”he added.

Kohli went on to add that he couldn’t be happier for Sharma and said, “Playing 100 Test matches as a fast bowler is no mean feat.Especially in the harsh sub-continent conditions it is difficult,”he further mentioned. Singing praises for his friend, the captain said that Sharma ‘persevered’ a lot and ‘he kept working hard’ and that has been ‘his essence from day one’. The skipper also said that the fast bowler could have prioritised ODI cricket, instead he focussed on the long format of the game.

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