With India bundling the host nation Australia out for a meager score of 300, Captain Kohli had asked the nation down under to have a bat again after enforcing the follow on, as they trail by 316 runs with their score on 6.
Though team India are on the course of creating history on the final day of the Border Gavaskar Trophy, the cloud cover, and dark skies provided the Aussies with minimal assistance and gave them an alternate route to draw the much as they attempt to avoid India from registering an emphatic win.
In an exclusive Q and A session by Sports Flashes, we asked former Indian batsman turned cricket expert – Aakash Chopra about the possibility of the Indian cricket team taking part in Day-Night Tests in order to counter the “bad light,” and about the difference in quality between a wrist spinner and a finger spinner.
Q) Why don’t India opt for Day-Night Tests, as it clearly looks like a viable solution to bad light?
Aakash Chopra - “One thing is for certain that since team India are the world leaders, and are considered as the powerhouse of modern day cricket, then as leaders they have to take the responsibility of opting for a Day-Night Test, and participate in pink ball cricket at any cost. Even if we look at today’s situation, Kohli’s men had to walk back to the dressing room due to bad light after having a grip in the Test. So, there is a need of India to be an active member of Day-Night Tests. Not saying that most matches should be Day-Night, but one has to evolve with time, and take part in some.”
Q) Is wrist spin more effective in modern day cricket, considering Kuldeep Yadav’s impressive spell at Sydney?
Aakash Chopra - “It’s not about finger spin, or leg spin, it’s more to do with quality, because Marnus labuschagne proved to be ineffective with the ball while India were batting in the first innings. Nathan Lyon – Australia’s front line finger spinner was pivotal for Australia in the first two Tests where he scalped 16 wickets on hard decks which had more assistance for the pacers, and proved it to one and all that finger spinners also have a major say in today’s time. Kuldeep Yadav’s fifer in Sydney displayed that wrist spinners are important too, but when it comes to picking wickets, it’s all about ones quality.”
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