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Virat Kohli doing the press conference before the third Test starting on Wednesday.
Indian captain Virat Kohli has said before the third Test that starts tomorrow, that Team India is just focusing on winning the next 2 Tests. He said that being all out for 36 in the last day-night Test against Australia in Adelaide would not affect the Test.
Kohli said that if we were all out at 36, then the English team was also all out at 58 in Auckland against New Zealand in their last Pink Ball Test. He said that the previous record does not matter. England returned in the second innings after being dismissed for 58 against the Kiwi team and scored 320 runs in the second innings. However, New Zealand won the match.
‘We win the series against Australia, leaving Adelaide behind’
In the press conference before the third Test, Kohli said that the previous day-night test was not good for both teams. If you ask this question to England, then the answer will be the same. There is a day when the team is unable to perform. Nothing is under your control. We did well and dominated the rest of the 2 sessions before being allotted at 36. We left Adelaide behind and won the second Test and series against Australia in Melbourne.
Apart from spin, fast bowling cannot be sidelined.
Kohli said that even if there is ball spin in the newly constructed Motera Stadium, fast bowling cannot be ignored. This is because there is shining in the ball. He said that the pink ball swings more than the normal red ball. We experienced this in the day-night test against Bangladesh in 2019. Playing with pink ball is challenging and does not have anything to do with the pitch. It is difficult for the batting team to bat under the lights for an hour and a half.
Very difficult to bat under lights
Kohli said that Team India has no threat from the England team. This is because Team India has defeated them at their house, where the ball swings very much. Kohli said that batting during transition from natural light to artificial lights is the most difficult. Players batting since noon also have to get a new batting guard under lights. Batting under lights requires more caution.
Under lights help fast bowlers more
Kohli said that there are some similar rules for bowlers too. In the afternoon, they have to bowl at the Consistent line-length. But the under lights go on attacking the bowler, because the ball swings. I think as a batsman you should have a good understanding of these changes.
Team India’s focus is not on World Test Championship
Kohli said that his focus is not on the World Test Championship at the moment. He said that we are just focusing on winning the next 2 Tests. We are preparing for tomorrow. After the 5-day test, we will prepare for the next assignment. The WTC is still far away and there is no use to think this far.
It is necessary to win 1 test and draw 1 for the WTC finals
India need to win 1 of the next two Tests and draw at least 1 draw to reach the WTC final. The fourth Test will be played at Motera Stadium from 4 March. The New Zealand team has already reached the final. The final will be played at Lord’s in June.