Ind vs SA 2019: Virat Kohli Shares The First Choice Spinners

Published 10/09/2019, 11:28 AM EDT
Virat Kohli


India captain Virat Kohli is happy the way his team has performed in the first test. He praised Mohammed Shami’s bowling in the first test. He further shared that Shami knows his responsibility and fulfill the job pretty well.

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“Now, he (Shami) is taking the responsibility. We don’t need to push Shami anymore. We don’t need to tell him ‘come on, you need to bowl this spell for us’. He wants the ball, he understands the situation when he’s given the ball,” Virat Kohli said.

If Shami is at one end, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja at the other end. And the captain said that Kuldeep Yadav knows about India’s first choice spinners.

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“No one is self-centered and everyone is thinking about what I can do for the team. It’s the same about Kuldeep. He understands that in India, Ashwin and Jadeja will be our first choices because they give us so much more with the bat as well,” he added.

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File photo of Ravichandran Ashwin

In the past few years, the Indian team management has experimented many variety in their line-up to check if the players are capable enough to provide good performance.

“Lot has been spoken and said about the system that we have followed over the last two years. The only thing that matters to us is wanting to win as many games as we can and have been able to do that,” said Kohli.

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“I think on the pitches we play, I don’t see anyone with so much seam movement apart from him (Shami),” the skipper said when he was asked about Shami. “He is someone who can change the complexion of the match totally when you don’t see it coming. His skill is obviously there for everyone to see. Especially, in the second innings, when the situations are difficult he comes in and does the job everytime. It’s great.”

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