After the Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has recently raised questions over the current SG balls’ quality, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has agreed with him and claimed that the Dukes ball is the most suitable ball for the Test format.
Ashwin recently claimed that he felt very disappointed with the present quality of SG ball as the seam of the ball doesn’t stand strong for a long time. He also feels that the Dukes ball is currently the best ball for Test cricket.
Now, prior to the second Test against Windies at Hyderabad, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli agreed Ashwin’s claim as he said, “I totally agree with him; to have a ball scuffed up in five overs is something that we haven’t seen before.”
Like Ashwin, Kohli also feels that the Dukes ball is the most suited ball for Test cricket as its seam is so hard and upright.
Kohli said, “The Dukes ball, I think, is the most suited ball according to me for Test-match cricket and 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. And the seamers as well, if the ball is hard you can get that extra pace but if the ball goes so soft in 10-12 overs, then your effort comes down by 20 per cent. I think the quality of the ball has to be maintained, there’s no doubt about that. Otherwise you have too many dead sessions in a Test match, which you don’t want to see. You want to see exciting cricket and guys working hard for runs, being in the battle all day. I totally agree with Ash.”
Kohli is happy with the present bowling attacks including the senior spinners Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. The Indian skipper feels Ashwin bowled very well during the English tour by adding more pace.
Kohli said, “I think Ash did that beautifully in England, he bowled quicker than he used to, and something that he’s added to his game. Jaddu obviously is the bowler who always has done that. I think these two guys are equipped to do the job for us in any conditions and they have identified the areas that they needed to work on and they have worked on those areas. I feel with our bowling attack we don’t have any kind of issues as such to find the right balance. We feel, as management, we’re happy with how the guys are working towards the game.”