Ahead of the pink-ball Test against England in Ahmedabad from Wednesday, India captain Virat Kohli has said that the opposition has weaknesses too and his bowlers will look to exploit them in the upcoming match.
India captain Virat Kohli (Reuters Image)
- Virat Kohli said that the Team India focusses more on their strength
- The India captain added that There are weaknesses in the opposition as well
- England too will face challenge if conditions are seamer-friendly: Virat Kohli
India captain Virat Kohli has made some bold comments ahead of the highly-talked about pink-ball Test against England at the revamped Motera Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad from Wednesday.
Answering to a question in the pre-match press conference, Virat Kohli said that his team is focussed on their strengths, adding that England too have weaknesses which will be exploited by his more than able bowlers.
There have been a lot of talks about the conditions for the upcoming Test, which India will look to win to keep their chances of qualifying in the final of the World Test Championship alive. England all-rounder Ben Stokes had earlier said that pacers Jofra Archer, James Anderson and Stuart Broad were “licking their lips” after bowling the net sessions. He added that they had to stop bowling after the light came on as it became dangerous for the batsmen in the middle.
Now, Virat Kohli has asserted that seamer-friendly conditions will be a challenge for England as well.
“We are focused on our strengths as a team. There are weaknesses in the opposition as well and we have the bowlers to exploit those weaknesses. If the conditions are going to be seamer-friendly, then it’s going to be a challenge for them too,” Virat Kohli said.
England players including opener Zak Crawley and captain Joe Root had reckoned that the visitors will have an edge in seaming conditions because of their exposure to it from their early days.
“If it is more seam-orientated then the experience of growing up in English conditions should be in our favour and it is about handling those conditions as best we can and try to exploit them with ball in hand,” Root had said.
Ashwin a smart bowler but I suggest things to him from a batsman’s perspective
Further, the 32-year-old said that, experienced spinner Ashwin was a smart bowler but “sometimes” he suggests him from a batsman’s point of view. Virat Kohli, who has chance to overtake MS Dhoni’s record of most (21) home Test wins as captain for India, stated that India bowlers have been doing well in partnerships.
“As a captain, it’s important to bring the aggressive version out of your pacers. Ashwin is a smart bowler but sometimes I suggest things to him from a batsman’s perspective. Our bowlers have been doing well in partnerships.”