Virat Kohli looks at the future as India gear up for West Indies

first_imgThe Indian team is looking at the upcoming Test series against West Indies as an opportunity to set a benchmark ahead of their Australia tour later this year, according to skipper Virat Kohli.India on Wednesday announced a 12-man squad for the first Test against the Windies with Prithvi Shaw getting a game ahead of Mayank Agarwal.Shaw will become the 293rd player to debut for the country in Test cricket and will open the innings alongside KL Rahul.India vs West Indies: Prithvi Shaw to debut in 1st Test as India announce 12-man teamKohli believes this is the best chance for the newcomers to make an impression and try to cement their place in the Test side rather than play under pressure.”Someone like Hanuma Vihari, Prithvi Shaw or Mayank Agarwal have been brought in because they’ve done well in domestic circuit consistently. They should look at it as an opportunity and not as pressure. It is a great chance for them to cement their place and play for a long time,” Kohli said at a press conference ahead of the first game on October 4.Virat Kohli, Prithvi Shaw share a light moment as India get down to practice in RajkotSomeone like Hanuma Vihari, Prithvi Shaw or Mayank Agrawal hv been brought in because they’ve done well in domestic circuit consistently.They should look at it as an opportunity¬ as pressure. It is a great chance for them to cement their place&play for a long time:Virat Kohli pic.twitter.com/QKUg4cxCiaadvertisementANI (@ANI) October 3, 2018Kohli, who is returning to the Indian team after taking a break from the Asia Cup 2018, will be back leading the Test side after the England series which India lost 1-4.Also read – Virat Kohli tells Prithvi Shaw the secret behind his success in EnglandBut the No. 1 Test team won’t be bogged down by the past results and is looking forward to this series as an opportunity to set a benchmark before they head to Australia for another gruelling tour later this year.Also read – We know the Indian conditions and know how to go about our job: Ajinkya Rahane”We’d like to take the series as a benchmark we would like to set. With couple of new guys coming in at the top of the order, they have a chance to show the skill set they have got and I think it is a good opportunity for them,” Kohli said.We’d like to take the series as a benchmark we would like to set. With couple of new guys coming in at the top of the order, they have a chance to show the skill set they have got, I think it is a good opportunity for them: Virat Kohli, ahead of series between India & West Indies pic.twitter.com/2kyfkOAjFVANI (@ANI) October 3, 2018The Indian team management has reportedly asked for bouncy pitches for the two Tests against the West Indies in Rajkot (October 4-8) and Hyderabad (12-16), keeping in mind the long tour of Australia beginning late in November.The West Indies play their final game of the India tour on November 11 while the first T20 between India and Australia is scheduled for November 21 at the Gabba in Brisbane.That narrow 10-day window leaves India with little time to prepare, as pointed out by coach Ravi Shastri after the team’s yet another overseas Test series loss, against England, last month.It will be hard to simulate conditions during the course of the home series against the West Indies comprising two Tests, five ODIs and three T20s.Come Thursday, Rajkot will be hosting its second ever Test, following the debut match between India and England two years ago when the game ended in a draw.last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *