Virat Kohli, the captain of India, expects match officials to take into account external factors such as heat when receiving calls at intervals of non-scheduled beverages in the Tests. According to the new ICC regulations of September 30, water interruptions are only allowed in the fall of a window or in intermediate stops, with interruptions not scheduled at the discretion of the arbitrators.
With temperatures of almost 40 degrees Celsius on each of the three days of the Rajkot test between India and the West Indies, players on both sides were constantly under the supervision of the referees while they asked for breaks to take something. This additional scrutiny facilitated overestimations: India even achieved 17 per hour on days two and three.
"That was a bit more to do with the referees pushing us too, with these new rules that come from not drinking too much water," Kohli said after the game, when asked to improve the fees. "These things must be considered in accordance with the conditions in which we play."
While batting, Cheteshwar Pujara avoided the water breaking restrictions by drinking small bottles in his pocket. "The guys really fought in this game because of those few changes," Kohli said. "It was quite difficult for the boys not to drink water for about 40-45 minutes while they were hitting and also in the field, I'm sure they'll investigate."
Heat also played a role in India sacrificing an extra hitter to play a fifth bowler. "We wanted to have an extra type due to the heat factor," Kohli said. "Four bowlers would have fought in these conditions and we just wanted to give them a little more rest and continue to have quality bowling in the opposition."
When looking back on the Test, Kohli was particularly happy with the minor contribution of Ravindra Jadeja down order. "We wanted him to cross the three-figure mark because we believe in his batting ability," he said. "We think he can change a lot of games for us and have contributions to win games with the bat and the ball, but in the field, it's electrifying anyway."
Kohli also received praise for debutant Prithvi Shaw, whose 134 earned him the Player Prize of the match. "In easy conditions or not, you still have to go back to dominate at the Test level and the man showed that he has a different quality and that is why he has been included in the Indian team and that he simply took his opportunity with both hands.
"Ranji Trophy debut one hundred, Duleep Trophy debut one hundred and Test Match, the first man to do so, very happy for him. Excited because he takes the challenge head on, which is very good to see from the point of view of a captain. "