Indian captain Virat Kohli is worried that the lights at the refurbished Narendra Modi Stadium could lead to visibility issues during the evening session and that the players will need to adapt quickly.
The third Test between India and England is a pink ball affair which is being played at the newly relaid Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Besides boasting world-class facilities and the largest seating capacity as far as cricket stadiums are concerned, the stadium has LED lights instead of conventional floodlights.
It is similar to the ring of fire in the Dubai International Stadium where we saw fielders find it really difficult to take catches in the outfield during the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League.
Before the Test, concerns were being raised due to the orange-colored seats. Kohli, however, downplayed those concerns before adding that he is more worried about the LED lights.
“It is such an exciting atmosphere here at the largest cricket stadium. I’m a bit more worried about the lights than the colour of the seats,” Kohli said at the tooss ahead of the pink-ball Test.
”When it gets lost with the lights at the back, it’s hard to spot the ball. We’ve played at a similar stadium at Dubai. It’s about angles, body positions. You need to adapt pretty quickly,” Kohli added.
Meanwhile, England won the toss in the pink-ball Test and Joe Root had no hesitation in deciding to bat first. Ishant Sharma and Axar Patel has helped India claim two wickets in the first ten overs and at the time of writing, the visitors were 2-38 after 12 overs.