On the eve of the second Test against the West Indies, Virat Kohli tore into the SG red ball saying that it was inferior to the Dukes (used in England and the West Indies) and the Kookaburra Test ball.
Unhappy with SG, Virat Kohli wants Dukes to be used for all Test matches.
The India captain(Virat Kohli) even went to the extent of recommending Dukes for Test cricket all over the world.
“The Dukes ball is the most suited ball for Test cricket,” said Kohli at the pre-match press conference in Hyderabad. “If there’s a situation, I would vouch for that to be used all over the world because of the consistency of the ball and how the bowlers are in the game at any stage, even the spinners. Because the seam is so hard and upright.”
Before Kohli, of-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had said that he felt better bowling with Kookaburra balls than SG. “Right now, I would say the Kookaburra red ball is a lot better ball, Dukes is also right up there. Pretty disappointed with the current SG ball. It used to be top-notch, the seam used to stand up strong even after 70-80 overs. It’s not the same anymore,” Ashwin had said after the first Test.
“I totally agree with him,” added Virat Kohli. “To have a ball scuffed up in five overs is something that we haven’t seen before. The quality of the ball used to be quite high before and I don’t understand the reason why it has gone down. A Dukes ball is still good quality, Kookaburra is still good quality. Whatever limitations a Kookaburra might have (a flatter seam than Dukes and SG), the quality is never compromised,” Kohli explained.
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