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I know how much it hurts for him to have missed so many Tests in the recent past – Virat Kohli

I know how much it hurts for him to have missed so many Tests in the recent past - Virat Kohli

IND 610/6 decl
SL 205, 166-all out (49.3 Ovs)
India won by an innings and 239 runs
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Virat Kohli

Kohli: The pitch was very good to bat on. It was on the slower side but there was nothing much happening. I just wanted to bat the way I wanted to – get into good positions and keep rotating strike. Try to keep the scoreboard ticking. Get the runs quickly so we have time to bowl the opposition out, something we’ll have to do on tours. It’s something I’ve wanted to better myself (converting hundreds to daddy ones). For the pure reason that the team should benefit. When you lose concentration after hundred, you can lose two wickets quickly after that. The idea is for the set batsman to carry on. It’s important to buckle up after the hundred so the team can be in a good position. My fitness also helped me to push harder, bat for longer periods. It’s a combination of many things.

India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test – India won by an innings and 239 runs

Pujara, obviously he’s been very consistent. Vijay was playing after a while, he takes a lot of pride in playing Test cricket. He’s a technically sound player. Prepares well for Tests. I know how much it hurts for him to have missed so many Tests in the recent past. Rohit too, we believed in him. He’s made a statement. When we speak of combinations for the future, Rohit will definitely be in the fray. Bhuvi has played a lot of cricket for India in the recent few months. Ishant, Shami and Umesh haven’t played so much recently. Playing first-class cricket has helped them. Ishant was outstanding. Umesh was in good rhythm too. Shami was outstanding in Kolkata. We have bowlers in good rhythm. We need them to play as much as possible. We would like to think that we want to prepare for that (South Africa tour). That’s why we asked for pitches that have a bit more life in it, bit of help for the fast bowlers. This one deteriorated pretty quickly from the second day onwards. Kolkata was a very nice wicket, something we ideally want to have before South Africa. That is a big tour coming up. Everyone’s looking forward to that.

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