Indian skipper Virat Kohli seemed unshaken from the pitch and the ground offerings of the Motera Stadium on the eve of the third Test match in Ahmedabad. The third Test clash is the day-night pink ball match at the newly built stadium in Ahmedabad.
Kohli is unbothered of what the ball might offer at the Motera track but is confident of Team India’s bowling attack. The captain stated that the Team’s bowling unit is one of the best in the world.
‘Focus solely remains on our team,’ says Virat Kohli
Ahead of the start of the pink-ball Test match on Wednesday, Kohli looked at the positive side and claimed that Team India have beaten visitors in the home country on multiple occasions. The right-handed batsman intended to attack Team England’s weakness during the course of play.
“By doing what we are doing for years now, that is play good cricket (how to ensure hosts don’t give an inch to the visiting team). Our focus solely remains on our team. I am not really bothered about what the strength and weaknesses of the English team are.
“We have beaten them in their home as well where the ball does way more movement. It’s just about playing well as a team and yes there are many weaknesses in the visiting side as well and we are keen to exploit them,” said Kohli while replying to a query from ANI
“If the track is seamer-friendly for them it is for us as well and we probably have the best bowling attack in the world among other teams. So not really bothered by what the ball might bring to the table. We are ready for anything that comes our way,” he added.
Haunting memories for India and England with the pink-ball
While England was dismissed for 58 during a day-night Test against New Zealand in 2018, Team India experienced a similar debacle in the first Test against Australia in December 2020, where they were bundled for just 36 runs.
Despite the slump, Kohli mentioned the leanings that they as a Team gathered from the fiasco. He reckoned that it was just 45 minutes of lousy cricket that spurred India’s defeat in the day-night Test.
“Both are bizarre experiences for two quality sides. If you asked England the same question (that would you be bowled out for 58), their answer will be no. You understand on that particular day things are bound to happen in a certain way. Things are out of your control and nothing seems to go right and that’s what exactly happened to us in Adelaide. Barring our 45 minutes of bad cricket we dominated the first Test against Australia,” said Kohli.
“We are confident about how we played the pink-ball Test even in Australia. These are experiences from which you learn it’s not something like a mental scar or anything as we did bounce back well in the Test series,” he added.
Spectators have witnessed some quality cricket between the two sides where the series now stands levelled 1-1. With England claiming an easy win in the first Test, Team India emerged victorious in the second clash which has now set the upcoming battle in the third Test on fire.
The two sides will lock horns for the third Test from February 24.