Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Kohli and Bumrah fit for win-or-bust Test

Kohli and Bumrah fit for win-or-bust Test

"It's quite freakish thought to have", Kohli said at the pre-match press conference ahead of the do-or-die third Test against England on Saturday. Three half-centuries in four innings for India A on their first-class tour of England this summer were encouraging, too.

I am not very proud of the way we played.

Virat Kohli's team is being heavily criticised for its abject surrender in the second Test against England at Lord's and its lackadaisical approach towards training.

"But seeing how things panned out - the amount of rain and the amount of time we lost - seamers would have been a better option". It's up to the individuals to stand up and say: "'I'm going out there to make a difference'". In the first Test which offered assistance to spinners, India opted to go in with only one spinner while in the second where pacers ruled the roost, Shastri and co made a decision to field two of their tweakers. Now, they face a scenario where they have no margin for error.

Only once have a side come from 2-0 behind to win a five-match Test series, when a Don Bradman-inspired Australia beat England back in 1936-37 on their own backyard. The availability of the pacer has Kohli excited. While concerns surrounding Virat Kohl's fitness are still rife, the Indian think-tank will be aiming to get the team combination right after failures at Edgbaston and Lord's.

"The way we lost the Test match was very disturbing". And make no mistake, ODIs and Test matches don't work together. That's his biggest strength.

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And Kohli is delighted to welcome the bowler back.

"Well, it depends on what the surface is like".

"If the surface has lots of assistance for the bowlers, the extra batter might come into play".

"If the pitch is going to be even for batting and bowling then picking up 20 wickets will be the priority".

"You can get a good ball at any time and you have to accept that as a batsman and go out to bat. Through history there are a lot of players who have played with an injury and scored runs and taken wickets", a report in Deccan Chronicle cited his quote. "You saw him in the nets, he is moving much better and improving by the day". They took part in two warm-up matches, played Ireland's inaugural Test, and had another warm-up game before the first Test.

'This is the first game when we've been outplayed. When it's your time, it's your time. No one can play forever but that day is not today. We need to focus on this Test match and not think about whether someone's career is on the line.

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