Kohli flays quality of SG ball, prefers the Dukes for Test cricket

Hyderabad, Oct 11(UNI) India captain Virat Kohli on Thursday slammed the quality of the SG ball used for Tests in India, saying that it makes a rough mark on a smooth surface too early and brings down players’ performance significantly as a result. 

He also preferred for the Dukes ball to be used uniformly in Test matches around the world.

“To have a ball scuffed up in five overs is not something that we have seen before,” Kohli said. 

“The quality of the ball used to be quite high before and I don’t understand the reason why it’s gone down. A Dukes ball is still good quality, Kookaburra is still good quality – whatever limitations a Kookaburra might have, the quality is never compromised.The Dukes, I think, is the most suited ball 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 because the seam is so hard and upright”, the Indian captain added.

The SG ball has been used for Test cricket in India, but it has come under scrutiny lately. Offspinner R Ashwin said he was “pretty disappointed” with it after the Rajkot Test against West Indies, and now Kohli is also suggesting its quality has declined.