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India vs England: Virat Kohli Confident that 36 All Out in Adelaide Won’t Affect Team India



India vs England: Virat Kohli Confident that 36 All Out in Adelaide Won't Affect Team India

In their last pink-ball Test against Australia, India had slumped to 36 all out in the second innings. Wednesday will mark the start of another pink-ball Test for the Indians, this time against England in Ahmedabad. But as per Virat Kohli, the happenings of Adelaide Test will have no bearing in Motera. Kohli added that England, who too capitulated for 58 in their last pink ball Test against New Zealand in Auckland, also won’t be affected by a one-off dismal show.

“Both are bizarre experiences for two quality sides. If you ask England the same question — do you think you can be bowled out for 50-odd, their answer would probably be no. You understand that on a particular day, things are supposed to happen in a certain way,” said Kohli while speaking to the media on Tuesday ahead of the first pink ball Test since the Adelaide thrashing.

“Whatever you try to do, it seems to be out of control and nothing seems to go right. That happened to us in Adelaide. Barring those 45 minutes of bad cricket, we dominated that Test match. We are very confident in how we play the pink ball, even in Australia where the pitches were assisting their seamers. We brushed it aside and won in Melbourne. That (36 all out) is not a hindrance or mental scar,” he said.

Kohli said that even if the wicket is spinner-friendly, the pink ball is likely to assist seam and pace bowlers.

“The pink ball tends to swing a lot more than the normal red ball that we play with. We experienced that when we played the one match in 2019 with Bangladesh. It is much more challenging to play with the pink ball regardless of what pitch you are playing on especially in the evening. As a batting team if you are starting your innings under lights then that one and a half hours is very challenging,” said Kohli.

Opener Rohit Sharma had, on Sunday, said that the pitch for the third Test won’t be any different from the one used for the second Test at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. That wicket started to help spinners from the first session of the first day itself.

Kohli felt that spinners will have a role but the fast bowlers won’t be ignored.

“Spin will come into play for sure. But I don’t think the new ball and the fast bowlers can be ignored. The pink ball does bring them into the game till the ball is nice and shiny. It is something that we are very well aware of and are preparing accordingly,” said Kohli.

“Last time we experienced that the first session is the nicest to bat when the sun is out and the ball doesn’t do that much. But when it starts to get dark especially during the twilight period, it gets very tricky. The light changes. It is very difficult to sight the ball and under lights, the ball tends to swing much. I think it is reversal of roles and you have to adjust quite quickly as batsman,” he said.

Kohli said that batsmen have to start from scratch once it becomes dark regardless of how well they have played throughout the day.

“Even if you might be batting since the afternoon, but you have to take guard again (with lights on) and start from scratch. You probably have to be a bit more disciplined than in the day. Similarly with bowlers, plan in afternoon to bowl consistent length and then in afternoon to attack more,” he added.

Kohli said that movement doesn’t bother the Indians too much as “we have beaten England in their own home where the ball does way more”.

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WATCH: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane Go Full Throttle at Nets Ahead of Fourth Test



WATCH: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane Go Full Throttle at Nets Ahead of Fourth Test

Big guns Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane went full throttle at the nets as the Indian cricket on Monday trained in earnest for the upcoming fourth and final Test against England. The fourth Test starts in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

Captain Kohli, his deputy Rahane and senior opener Rohit were seen batting at the nets in a video posted by the BCCI on Twitter.

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The three senior players drove, pulled and flicked against the fast bowlers and spinners at the Narendra Modi Stadium here.

Head coach Ravi Shastri was seen interacting with Rohit and Kohli before the two star batsmen sat together for a discussion.

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Left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who bagged 11 wickets in India’s thumping win in the pink ball third Test at the same venue, was seen rolling his arms over at the nets against some of the world’s best batsmen.

They were also seen fielding with Rahane, standing next to Rohit in the second slip position, taking a one-handed diving catch to his right.

The Kohli-led Indian team lost the first Test in Chennai by 227 runs, but bounced back with a 317-run hammering of the visitors in the second Test.

In the previous match, India shot out England for 112 and 81 to wrap up the Test inside two days on a challenging Motera track.

The Indian team had a full-fledged practice session here on Sunday as well.

Leading 2-1 in the series, India will be without top pacer Jasprit Bumrah in the final Test as he has been released from the squad.

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