Sri Lanka Vs India 2017: We Expect Teams To Come Like This At International Level – Virat Kohli On Sri Lanka’s Second Innings
Indian team was deemed to win the second Test on day three itself but the home side punished the Indian bowlers on day three to stretch the game to the fourth day. In one way, it was a preparation for Indian bowlers for the next Test and Lankans also gave a signal to the Indian team that they are depleted, but not dusted.
Though India won the game by an innings there were still many hidden facts and areas which are to be worked upon now. Why Ashwin and Jadeja could not finish off the game on the third day? The deck was same and so as the bowlers, so what was the difference?
They continued to break records all throughout the game but when Lankan batsmen stood against them wisely, they looked like a pair who is still learning the game yet.
Skipper Virat Kohli will surely take note of what happened in the game as the dominant factor was lacking in this win. Had the game ended on day three, Indian would have stamped the authority right there but that wasn’t the case.
Still, in the end, the scorecard will show Indian team winning by an innings but will hide the efforts put up by the Lankan the home side, which frustrated the Indian bowlers.
In the post match press conference, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli highlighted the way Sri Lankan batsmen batted in the second innings but he also added that he expects the teams to come this way in international cricket. Here is what Kohli said after the end of the game –
“Well, the way the wicket behaved when Sri Lanka batted first prompted that decision to enforce the follow-on. I’m not a big fan of it, especially when the wicket is breaking down like that. Even 150 in the fourth innings can be tough. You don’t want to leave chances but here, we felt we had enough. We are playing Tests at international level and we expect teams to play like (Sri Lanka did). Today, we said, even if we don’t get wickets, we will enjoy the tough times. It improves you as a side. We are happy that we went through the difficult place; helps you not get complacent as a side. Saha is definitely the best keeper in this format right now. He’s very agile and can create chances at any stage. Pujara and Rahane are our best Test players, KL played well too, and Jadeja contributed lower down the order. Pandya contributed too. For us, it’s about taking Indian cricket ahead.”
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