India's captain, Virat Kohli, criticized the quality of the SG ball used for the Tests in India, and said it deteriorates too early and, as a result, reduces the performance of the players. He said that the Dukes' ball would be used uniformly in the test matches around the world.
The SG ball has been used for test cricket in India, but lately it has come under scrutiny. The offender R Ashwin said he was "quite disappointed" with that after the Rajkot test against the West Indies, and now Kohli also suggests that his quality has decreased.
"Having a ball dragged in five shots is not something we've seen before," Kohli said. "The quality of the ball used to be quite high before and I do not understand the reason why it has fallen in. A Dukes ball is still of good quality, Kookaburra is still of good quality, regardless of the limitations that a Kookaburra may have, the quality It's never
"The Dukes, I think, is the most appropriate ball for cricket of the test matches and if there is a situation, I would dare to use it all over the world due to the consistency of the ball and how the players Bowling are in the game at any stage because the stitching is very hard and vertical.
" And [for] the spinners too, if the ball is hard, you can get that extra rhythm, but if the ball becomes so smooth in 10-12 overs, then your effort is reduced by 20%. So I think the quality of the ball should be maintained, there's no doubt about that. Otherwise, you have too many dead sessions in a test trial, which you do not want to see. You want to see exciting cricketers and work hard to run, be in the battle all day. I totally agree with Ash [Ashwin]. "
Currently, only England regularly uses the Duques' ball for the test cricket, with the West Indies testing it occasionally, Australia, South Africa, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka generally play with the Kookaburra, which at the moment is the Ashwin's favorite. "Right now I would say that Kookaburra's red ball is much better than most of them. Dukes is also there, "he said after the Rajkot test. I'm quite disappointed with the way the SG ball is at this moment. When I started playing first class cricket, the SG ball used to be top-notch, and you could play with bowling even after 70 or 80 years. The sewing used to be firm and straight, but it's not the same anymore. "
Changing the focus to the second Test against the West Indies, starting on Friday, Kohli was delighted with the way the younger players on the team India has opted for the same 12th Rajkot test, which means that Prithvi Shaw, 18, has once again defeated Mayank Agarwal in one place in the 11th.
"This guy [Shaw] is extremely talented and has great skill as everyone saw, "said Kohli. We definitely believe that he has the ability to play at the highest level and can repeat what he did in the first game. He is a very enthusiastic student and a sharp man. Understand situations well. We should not compare it with anyone yet. We should not put it in a space where you feel pressure of any kind. He should stay in a space where he enjoys his cricket and slowly becomes a player we all believe in. "
That team rookies appear to be better equipped to face the pressure of playing international cricket, due to the Cricket players can play as they pass through the ranks, Shaw, for example, has been an outstanding member of Team A since he led India to victory in the 2018 U-19 World Cup and regularly opened for Delhi Daredevils at This year's IPL
"Definitely [it] could be one of the reasons because they are already exposed to the environment that an international game would replicate", said Kohli, "But there is always the pressure to play for the country. When you get that hat on the morning of the game, there are always butterflies in the stomach. Everybody feels that pressure, but I'm sure it's not as intense as [it was] 10-15 years ago, when he had no exposure to this type of cricket and suddenly, he was kicked out in a test match, making his debut for India – the highest or most difficult thing there could be. "
However, very little can beat the experience and Kohli relied on it to score his twenty-sixth century trial at Rajkot, where 99 of his 139 they came through singles, twos and trios.  "You must realize that when the middle order entered that game, the ball was soft. The pitch was not so fast, the hardest ball enters the bat, so you have more chances of limits. I think [scoring runs without taking many risks] has probably come with the experience of playing so many games. You can run until you reach a hundred too. There's nothing wrong with that and I think with that mindset that you understand your game, that you can hit all day, you can hit for two days and just score in singles and doubles, you do not necessarily have to hit a limit. And if you are convinced of that in your own head, then the bowler knows it too and then the battle of patience begins.
"So I think you must first be convinced that you can play all day with singles and double, and not necessarily wanting to score big shots, but if you are given a chance, obviously, you can take advantage of the I think that's probably the balance in the Test Match batting that I've experienced and something that you should keep changing according to the conditions you're playing in. "