Indian batsman Virat Kohli has scored an unbeaten 143 on the first day of the Test at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua but the West Indies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo doesn’t feel it as a challenge to bowl at Indian skipper. Kohli, who hit his 12th hundred, batted at a strike rate of 70.83. Against Virat hit 68 runs off 96 deliveries.
Kohli played 302 deliveries and scored 143 runs at the end of the first day. Kohli also completed the 3000 runs in Test cricket, becoming the 19th Indian to reach the landmark.
Bishoo, who was the pick of the bowlers with three for 108, feels that the visitors got the assistance of the pitch.
“I think this is a very good pitch. It’s a batting pitch,” Bishoo said.
“It’s not challenging (to bowl at Kohli). At the end of the day, it’s cricket. We have to be patient. It’s just the start of the series and there is a long way to go. Everybody has good and bad days, we just have to move forward as a team,” he added.
Bishoo also feels West Indies bowlers have to keep patience.
“We, as bowlers, have to be patient as much as possible and take it one ball at a time. Day one pitch doesn’t turn that much. On days three, four and maybe day five, it’s going to turn more,” the pint-sized leg-spinner added.
“We could have been in a better position probably. At the end of the day, it’s a good pitch and the Indian batsmen kept relishing it. We just didn’t put the ball in the areas as much, but we bowled well in patches.
“We just have to take it one over at a time and take it session by session. Put the ball in the right areas for as long as possible, and make it hard for them. At the end of it, we have to be patient,” he added.
Bishoo also said the Shannon Gabriel also bowled well. When Bishoo took three wickets, pace bowler Gabriel put the openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay, in trouble. Gabriel, in fact, looked dangerous in every spell.
“I think Shannon bowled really good up front today and he started off very well. He bowled with great pace. The rest of the bowlers, as I said, bowled well in patches. We need to be a bit more patient because the wicket is good,” said Bishoo.
Bishoo was also asked if West Indies missed a trick by picking only four bowlers, the leg spinner replied, “No. At the end of the day, whatever team we have to play with as a team, we have to play. We support each other and give our 100 percent. I’m not going to put anything on anybody. To play good cricket, bowlers have to do their job and batsmen have to do theirs.”
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