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'It should not become a regular scenario' - Kohli has his say on pink-ball matches
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'It should not become a regular scenario' - Kohli has his say on pink-ball matches

Virat Kohli has welcomed India's day-night Test debut but cautioned against making it the norm in cricket's conventional format.

India will finally begin their pink-ball journey with their clash against Bangladesh in Kolkata scheduled to commence on Friday.

India and Bangladesh are the only two Test-playing nations, apart from new entrants Afghanistan and Ireland, who have not yet played a day-night Test.

Pink-ball Tests were introduced to much fanfare in 2015 when Australia played New Zealand in Adelaide.

Originally aimed at increasing viewership and recapturing interest in Test cricket, this objective seems to have been met with the first four days of the Kolkata game having already been sold out.

Despite the tangible benefits in place, India skipper Kohli is not too keen on embracing this innovation as the sole solution to the diminishing popularity of Test matches.

"This can be a one-off thing. It should not, in my opinion, become a regular scenario, because then you are losing out on that nervousness of the first session in the morning," he said on the eve of the second Test.

"The entertainment of Test cricket lies in the fact that the batsman is trying to survive a session and the bowler trying to set a batsman out," Kohli told reporters in Eden Gardens.

"It's great to create more buzz around Test cricket," he conversely added.

India have shied away from pink-ball Tests in the past when they refused to play one such match against Australia last year.

Kohli said India were open to the idea even on away tours provided the players had enough practice with the pink ball.

"Obviously we wanted to get a feel of pink-ball cricket. Eventually, it had to happen."

'It almost feels like a heavy hockey ball'

India enter the final game of the two-match series after handing a colossal drubbing to the visitors in the first game amidst sparse crowds.

This scenario is expected to change especially with the Bangladesh prime minister and the West Bengal chief minister set to start proceedings in a grand manner by ringing the stadium bell.

Kohli expressed his excitement to get things going and identified certain challenges the team had to deal with in preparation for the contest.

"The one thing that surprised me was the fielding sessions. How in the slips the ball hit your hand so hard, it almost felt like a heavy hockey ball," he said.

"It really felt like that on the hand and it's definitely because of the extra glaze of the ball. It's definitely much harder, and it felt a little heavier."

He also highlighted the dew factor, which tends to negatively affect fielding sides under floodlights.

"I think in India we have one big factor, which is dew, (for) which something will have to (be done)," said Kohli.

"Spoke to the match referee yesterday. It's something we'll have to speak about and discuss as we go along in the game. You can't really predict how much mopping or how much cleaning of the dew is required at which stage."