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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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TEST

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 35 4016 115
2 South Africa 33 3712 106
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 England 45 4722 105
5 New Zealand 23 2354 102
6 Sri Lanka 38 3668 97
7 Pakistan 21 1853 88
8 West Indies 29 2235 77
9 Bangladesh 19 1268 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 51 6470 127
2 India 49 5973 122
3 New Zealand 41 4602 112
4 South Africa 39 4275 110
5 Pakistan 38 3915 103
6 Australia 37 3699 100
7 Bangladesh 28 2607 93
8 Sri Lanka 50 3872 77
9 West Indies 32 2217 69
10 Afghanistan 32 2053 64
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 30 3972 132
2 India 37 4601 124
2 Australia 21 2570 122
4 England 21 2448 117
5 New Zealand 22 2542 116
6 South Africa 19 2093 110
7 West Indies 21 2219 106
8 Afghanistan 27 2490 92
9 Sri Lanka 28 2451 88
10 Bangladesh 27 2066 77