Series will get competitive as we go on: Virat Kohli
India won the series opener against New Zealand
Series will get competitive as we go on: Virat Kohli:- While playing with two spinners, or one could say sacrificing one bowler to further accommodate Rohit Sharma, has paid rich dividends for India in Kanpur, but then there is no surety if this same formula could work out in the remaining two Tests too.
India had won the opening series against New Zealand with just four bowlers – R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami – a decision that had been taken to further ensure the Test struggler Sharma in the playing eleven.
Sharma got out on 35 in the first innings after he spends some good time in the middle, but it was his knock of 68 in the second that came for the special mention by his skipper Virat Kohli after the victory on Monday.
Nature of the pitch could make things different
However, Virat Kohli has indicated that this could not be the case in Kolkata due to the different nature of pitch there. “The wicket in Kolkata, we know is not this dry. Eden Gardens wicket is very much suitable to batsmen and we might have to play an extra bowler there, but only after having a look at the wicket. The team selection also depends on situation and conditions,” says Kohli.
Kohli has also confirmed that it was during India’s previous series in the West Indies that the team had further ask management to step up Pujara’s scoring rate at the No. 3 spot. In the first two Tests in the Caribbean, Pujara had made a 16 off 67 balls and 46 off 159 balls before he was being dropped from the third Test.
On the question of what, as a captain, Kohli has learnt from this victory in Kanpur, he said that it’s about being “patient” while on the field if the wickets are not falling. “I am still pretty early in my captaincy career. We have to patient when wickets don’t fall. The important thing is to not to leak extra runs,” Kohli said.