Virat Kohli said that the equation between him & Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane who led India to a historic series win in Australia was purely based on trust & mutual respect.
Addressing the Press Conference through online, Kohli who is making a comeback as team India captain said on the evening of the first test against England, “Things are very different from outside compared to what happens inside the dressing room. Not just between me and him (Rahane) but the whole team, camaraderie is based on trust. It was amazing to see how he led the team to win in Australia. It’s the mutual respect, bonding, on and off the field. The partnership will remain the same as ever.” Kohli also said that Rishabh Pant would continue to don the wicket-keeping gloves.
“Rishabh will take the gloves tomorrow. He has had impact performances in Australia recently. He is in good space. We want him to build on this along with him improving all aspects of the game, which will happen with more game time.
“He has come along very nicely. He wasn’t part of white ball formats, but he kept working hard on his fitness, on his games. We have backed him quite a lot and for good reason – something you saw in Australia.
“He will continue to be backed. With his hard work he can be a very very consistent match winner and someone the opposition will be wary of in the future,” Kohli said.
With Virat Kohli returning to the team & India returning home from Australia the scenario in the game will change. Virat Kohli also backed the opening combination of Rohit Sharma & Shubman Gill who opened in the last two test matches against Australia to “play all Tests.”
“We are looking forward for them (Rohit and Gill) to play all Tests and give us good starts like they did in Australia,” Kohli said.
“In the Tests we won one of the reasons behind (those wins) was the starts we got. In Test cricket that’s a very important factor and Rohit and Shubman both provide us with that.”
“It’s a delicate balance that we have. Kuldeep hasn’t had much of game time in the longest format for a while now. In New Zealand the conditions were not suited for playing three spinners, something he understood,” Kohli said.
“Now that the home seasons starts he will be in the scheme of things. He will be in the team’s plans.” Ravindra Jadeja bein unavailable India will be missing the services of its crucial all-rounder in the playing XI & Kohli said bowlers who have the ability to bat in addition to bowling will get more preference in the test series.
“With the bowling combinations, we will try to give ourselves as many options as possible. Guys having the ability to contribute with the bat – that’s been the pattern for success for us in home conditions,” Kohli said.
On the pitch at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Kohli said: “The pitch is a normal Chepauk pitch. It’s a nice batting track with spinners getting assistance. But the track is good enough for fast bowlers to stay in the game also, so generally it is a good cricketing wicket.”