Alastair Cook and men seemingly have started exactly from where they left in 2012. In the last few years, no team has managed to pluck the bones out of the Indian side, the way England did in the first Test. Yet, the Indians would be eager to bounce back on a high and just one day before the start of the second Test at Vishakapatnam, here’s what Virat Kohli has to say to the press.
Talking about KL Rahul’s inclusion in the squad, he said ” We are not looking to change a lot in the second Test. Rahul has been our obvious choice for the opening slot over the last few months and that is the reason why we brought him back to the squad after his injury.”
He also admitted that Gambhir’s chances of making a cut into the playing 11 would be very low after KL Rahul’s comeback.
“Rahul is our number one opener along with Murali Vijay. Gautam got his chance as Rahul was injured but now that Rahul is fit and ready, we will look to stick to our old game plan. We are looking at going into the game with the best possible eleven and Rahul is one of our key players. We pulled him out of the Ranji Trophy fixture as he was fit and hence there was no question of including him on the team.”
Kohli, who was pretty upset with the Rajkot pitch, is hoping that the Vizag pitch will not turn out the way the former did. “Vizag’s pitch assists the spinners a lot and there is also something in it for the pacers early on. We saw that in the last ODI against New Zealand last month and I hope it will behave in the same way. We’ll look to use the previous experience of playing here to our advantage,” he said.
Talking about his team’s fielding, which was not up to the mark by any means, he said “We need to take the chances that come in our way. The team can’t really afford to drop catches when playing against a side like England. We are working very hard to improve our fielding because we feel taking the half chances can be decisive in big matches,” he said.
There were questions raised on his tactics in the final innings of the game. If it had not been for the skipper to come and rescue the game, England were well on their way to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
” My aim was not to think of something big. The ultimate challenge was to put my mind off and stay balance and see the team through. I was concentrating on playing one ball at a time and asked the other batsman to do the same,” he said.
Though he suggested there will not be many changes in the side, Kohli has hinted that there might be some surprise inclusions in the side.
“I can’t really say anything about the team selection right now. We will have our team meeting in the evening and will make the final decisions then. But you can expect some surprise selections as well,” he said.