Ahmedabad. A fully spin-friendly pitch is expected at Motera but Indian captain Virat Kohli believes that fast bowlers will have the same role as spinners in the third day-night Test against England. The two teams are tied 1–1 in the four-match series and the nature of the new pitch of the newly renovated stadium remains the center of discussion ahead of the third Test to be held here from 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. Kohli said in the press conference before the match, "I don't think this is an accurate analysis (that the ball will not swing)."
Pink ballRed swings more than the ball. We experienced it when we played it for the first time in 2019 (against Bangladesh). ”Kohli also rejected the assessment that England would have a heavier edge if the pitch would help the fast bowlers. "I am not bothered about what the strong and weak sides of the England team are," he said. We have also beaten them at their home ground where the ball moves more so we are not bothered by it. "Kohli said," And yes, the opposing team also has a lot of weaknesses, if you can take advantage of it. If it is a fast bowling friendly pitch for them, it will be for us too. "And you probably know that we have the best bowling attack in the world, so we are worried about how the ball will move." Are not. We are ready for any eventuality. ”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. 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 that we know about and we are preparing accordingly.