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WE SHOULD WORK UPON IMPROVING THE GAME AND ON IMPROVING THE PITCH: VIRAT KOHLI

WE SHOULD WORK UPON IMPROVING THE GAME AND ON IMPROVING THE PITCH: VIRAT KOHLI

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India went on to secure their 2nd victory against England in the 5 match test series in Mohali, yesterday and the part the spinners had to do did their job with full contribution for the team.

May it be Ravichandran Ashwin or Ravindra Jadeja or Jayant Yadav these trio has made some noticeable performances scoring 50 odd runs and picking up wickets when required for the team.

However the INDIAN CRICKET TEAM captain Virat Kohli used a very good phrase for their fast bowlers who were just good at nothing in this game and their bowling neither impressed the captain nor the coach.

"I think it's exactly been 12 months when I was asked about us playing on unfair pitches and the question has turned itself," said Kohli after his team's eight-wicket win in the third Test against England on Tuesday.


Kohli was obviously referring to the first Test against South Africa at the same venue last November, which India won by 108 runs. The highest score by either team in that game was 201.

 

"This was a perfectly good wicket for cricket. If you talk about the pace bowlers, they rushed in and put in the effort and they got the results. It was a wicket where if you persisted long enough, you get the results that you want. I felt that we did that pretty well to get the result our way," said the India skipper.

 

On being asked about Parthiv Patel that will he be the replacement of Saha or a back player for Saha, he was consistent in both the innings and really played good cricket in both the innings may it be before the wickets or behind the wickets, but the skipper smiled and said 

"That's actually a good headache, to be honest. You never know, there are all kinds of possibilities. We'll see what happens in the next few days. We'll take a call accordingly," Kohli said.

 

Virat Kohli on the return of Shami after 15 months in the squad the skipper said tha:

"Yes, Shami is a better bowler since his return. He's stronger, because he had to train that extra bit because it was a knee injury and one leg was weaker than the other, because he couldn't do anything with it. If you see throughout these three games, he's someone who has really rushed in.


"Even Umesh for that matter, they both have bowled over 145 kmph consistently. On these kind of pitches to not lose heart and keep coming in and running in and bouncing guys speaks a lot of their character. I'm only waiting to play on pitches that assist them a little bit and it'll be nice to see what they can do there," Kohli said with a chuckle again.

 

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18 Jun 2018 | 09:30 IST, 1ST TEST, DAY 5
M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

TEST

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 28 3499 125
2 South Africa 32 3589 112
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 New Zealand 23 2354 102
5 England 36 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 31 2914 94
7 Pakistan 17 1463 86
8 Bangladesh 16 1202 75
9 West Indies 22 1484 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 42 5257 125
2 India 45 5492 122
3 South Africa 34 3842 113
4 New Zealand 41 4602 112
5 Australia 32 3327 104
6 Pakistan 32 3279 102
7 Bangladesh 24 2220 93
8 Sri Lanka 43 3302 77
9 West Indies 29 1989 69
10 Afghanistan 28 1758 63
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 23 2990 130
2 Australia 15 1894 126
3 India 32 3932 123
4 New Zealand 22 2542 116
5 England 17 1951 115
6 South Africa 18 2058 114
7 West Indies 18 2048 114
8 Afghanistan 22 1917 87
9 Sri Lanka 27 2287 85
10 Bangladesh 21 1570 75