Steve Smith’s unique batting style has quite a few admirers, and it seems like India captain Virat Kohli is one of them. Ahead of the third Test against England in Ahmedabad, Kohli was seen imitating the Australian’s batting style at the nets. And also former South African allrounder Jacques Kallis’ bowling action. And doing quite a good job of it.
There is a chance for Kohli to become the most successful skipper for India in Tests, at home and go past MS Dhoni’s record, but the India captain isn’t thinking about it.
“Records as a captain mean nothing me or any other player. It is a responsibility given to me and I’m trying to do my best. This has always been the case, and will remain the same, as long as I play the game. These are fickle things which look great from outside, doesn’t matter to me as an individual," Kohli said at the pre-match conference.
“We (MS Dhoni) share great camaraderie, and mutual respect is something you hold very dear to your heart. It is alwatys more important than these milestones. I have a responsibility to keep Team India on top, and same applies to someone who takes over after me."
Kohli said that even if the wicket is spinner-friendly, the pink ball is likely to assist seam and pace bowlers.
“The pink ball tends to swing a lot more than the normal red ball that we play with. We experienced that when we played the one match in 2019 with Bangladesh. It is much more challenging to play with the pink ball regardless of what pitch you are playing on especially in the evening. As a batting team if you are starting your innings under lights then that one and a half hours is very challenging," said Kohli.
Kohli felt that spinners will have a role but the fast bowlers won’t be ignored.
“Spin will come into play for sure. But I don’t think the new ball and the fast bowlers can be ignored. The pink ball does bring them into the game till the ball is nice and shiny. It is something that we are very well aware of and are preparing accordingly," said Kohli.
“Last time we experienced that the first session is the nicest to bat when the sun is out and the ball doesn’t do that much. But when it starts to get dark especially during the twilight period, it gets very tricky. The light changes. It is very difficult to sight the ball and under lights, the ball tends to swing much. I think it is reversal of roles and you have to adjust quite quickly as batsman," he said.