Kohli comes out swinging over Test balls
Captain Virat Kohli said India should ditch the SG ball for their home games, complaining that it scuffs up too easily and that he would prefer to see Dukes balls used for all Tests worldwide.
India thrashed the West Indies by a record innings and 272 runs last week but spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said the SG ball was “disappointing”, and that he preferred Australia’s Kookaburra or Dukes.
“The quality of the (SG) balls used to be quite high before and I don’t understand the reason why it has gone down because Dukes ball is still good quality, Kookaburra is still good quality,” Kohli said. He said the “quality of the ball has to be maintained otherwise you have too many dead sessions in a Test match. You want to see exciting cricket and guys working hard for runs being in the battle all day”.
Kohli added: “I totally agree with him (Ashwin). To have a ball that is scuffed up in five overs is not something that we have seen before.”
The SG has always been used by India in Tests and domestic games, while England use Dukes for Test cricket and Australia, South Africa, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka prefer the Kookaburra. Kohli said: “The Dukes ball is the most suited ball according to me in Test match cricket, and if there is a situation I’d vouch for it to be used all over the world because of the consistency.”