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Virat: Southampton Will Be Harder Than Nottingham
Birbal (IP Logged)
31 August, 2018 23:07
Very true... and it was shown today... a couple of slips, some complacency and a winning hand nearly became a losing one... until Pujara played a magnificent innings and made it anybody's game...

From The Hindu:

Virat Kohli is confident his side will not squander the momentum it has gained when the fourth Test begins here on Thursday. Back in 2014, India lost at the Ageas Bowlfresh off victory at Lord’s and ahead in the series, but that game ended in defeat, and things unravelled thereafter.

“Last time around, we probably didn’t have the experience to capitalise on the lead,” Kohli said here on Wednesday. “Right now we understand that we are in a very exciting position. To have played like that when 2-nil down, when everyone thought that it was going to be a clean sweep or we were going to be rolled over [was great].

“But we will have to do that two more times for us to achieve the goal that we want. If Nottingham was hard work, this is going to be even harder. England would want to come back strongly.”

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India's captain Virat Kohli, left, attends a nets session at The AGEAS Bowl, Southampton, south England, Tuesday Aug. 28, 2018.

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He did not feel the need to make any changes to his side, Kohli stated. “I was just speaking to Michael Atherton on my way in and he asked me the same question (if India will field an unchanged side). I said it has not always been the case of (tactical) changes. There have been injuries as well, which have not been taken into consideration. It has been a mix of both.”

There may have been some grass on the pitch but Kohli ruled out the idea of fielding an all-pace attack. “If there is a pitch like Johannesburg (third Test against South Africa), then you have no doubt whatsoever in playing an all-pace attack. But I don’t think this pitch is anywhere close to Johannesburg,” he said.

“So I doubt it’s the right option. You might get excited and do that, but it doesn’t make much sense. Because the last time we played here the spinners came into play in the second innings. There were big footmarks. The surface is pretty hard.”

India’s batsmen had to be flexible, Kohli felt. “That was so beautiful to see in the last game, the batsmen adapted so quickly according to what the conditions were like,” he said.

“[The weather and overhead conditions] are going to be a massive factor as well because it’s been cold for the last couple of days and it’s going to remain like that from what I understand. We will have to assess the situation every hour because it can change very rapidly.”His pace bowlers were capable of threatening any line-up, Kohli stated. “Instead of focussing on the batsmen, we’ve been focussing on the bowlers, on how to take 20 wickets,” he said. “That’s why we’ve been playing with five bowlers for a long time now.

“It gives us happiness when we see our bowlers rushing the opposite batsmen. The game remains in the balance. We don’t think we are at a disadvantage when it comes to pace bowling. We think we are equal to any team in the world and if we play well, we can win anywhere.”

Re: Virat: Southampton Will Be Harder Than Nottingham
Birbal (IP Logged)
03 September, 2018 18:46
India were not brave enough in the key making moments. Hardik Pandya was a huge bust. Picking the gritty Jadeja over him would have been much more sensible.

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