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Didn’t try to think about the situation and pressure. The shots started getting off – Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli

IND 172, 352/8 decl
SL 294, 75/7 (26.3 Ovs)

Kohli : “Bhuvneshwar has picked up pace. Bowls heavier balls than before and hits the right areas. He’s grabbing his chances and is a massive contender to start every Test match for India. He’ll do us good in overseas conditions, and not just in home conditions. He’s going to be an important part of our plan going forward in all formats. He’s doing well in the shorter formats and now 8 wickets in this Test. Credit to him; he’s working hard and it’s paying for him. As soon as we lost Saha, me and Bhuvi started having fun out there. Didn’t try to think about the situation and pressure. The shots started getting off. Luckily they took the new ball – the old ball was soft and wasn’t easier to get away – and I thought I might as well go for it. If you have intent, the luck favours you too. Little bit of luck, bit of inside edge in the seventies. Feels good (on 50 international 100s) My journey hasn’t been long but I want to continue contributing, especially in situations like these. If I can step up and perform, that will give me more pleasure than thinking about the number of hundreds I have . The mindset is always to go forward and help the team forward, and win Test matches.”

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Kohli : “It was important to make something out of the game with whatever time we had. As you mentioned, conditions changed drastically into day four- five. We showed character after being on the back foot initially. Credit to Sri Lanka; they bowled well. We knew if we get stuck with our bowling effort and not let them get too far ahead, we can pull the game back again. We didn’t look at Sri Lanka’s batting collapses to be honest. We believed in ourselves. It was difficult to survive on the pitch if you didn’t have intent. You had to get to the ball and not let it seam. We knew that the batsmen won’t be wanting to make too many mistakes, so the intent won’t be there. And that If we get enough good balls, which we did, fell just three short (of wickets, we could have been back in the game). All in all very proud of where we stand after the Test match.”

We tried too hard after seeing Sri Lanka do well: Bhuvneshwar

We tried too hard after seeing Sri Lanka do well: Bhuvneshwar

Bhuvneshwar Kumar – Player of the Match: “It was difficult to bowl in the second innings because the ball was coming onto the bat. There was reverse swing, so looked to make the most out of it. When I made my debut, I was dependant on swing. There were areas I wanted to improve and those things are paying off. When we went in, Virat said – just imagine if you were playing in the same situation, it’s never easy. So we went in with that mindset.”

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