Pink Ball Injures Bangladesh Batsmen But Virat Kohli Makes 136
Virat Kohli became the first Indian batsman to make a hundred after hitting 136 in the first Pink Ball Test in Kolkata. Earlier Virat spoke at length about the challenge of facing pink ball but he was more comfortable on the ground.
Virat Kohli makes hundred with pink ball
Skipper Kohli maintained discipline while hitting the pink ball hard. Most of his shots were aimed at the “V” area where he found much room for his ball. The 136 runs he made include 18 boundaries that gave Bangladesh bowlers a chase to the boundary. Finally, the Bangladesh spinner Taijul Islam sent Virat Kohli to pavilion.
With this century, Virat Kohli is now standing alongside top batsman with highest hundreds. He has crossed Steve Smith and moving ahead to join South Africa’s Graeme Smith and Australia’s Allan Border who also have 27 Test hundreds.
Indian bowlers relished bowling with pink ball
According to Cheteshwar Pujara, Indian pacers and spinners were quite excited to bowl before a jam-packed stadium where the audiences were shouting to encourage bowlers at every ball. The Bangladesh batsmen found it quite difficult to face the pink ball.
Injuries to Bangladesh batsmen
Bangladesh became the first Test Team to replace 2 players due to concussion injuries.Litton Das and Nayeem Hossain were retired hurt. Mushfiqur Rahim was also hit in the helmet but he continued and made 59 runs.
Reason given for more concussion injuries with pink ball is the color and light the ball carries. It comes with a great force that makes it very difficult to spot the ball.