Published: Wed, February 19, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

India's Kohli not yet ready to ease workload

India's Kohli not yet ready to ease workload

He will also be mounting pressure on Virat Kohli as the Indian skipper is highly vulnerable against seam and swing.

Only five days after playing an ODI against Australia at home, India found themselves playing a T20I in New Zealand as Kohli found himself at the mercy of the packed worldwide calendar, saying "it is what it is". It is a part of two-match Test series.

"I think it's been eight or nine years that I have been playing nearly 300 days a year with the travelling and practice sessions", Kohli said ahead of the first Test against New Zealand.

"You've just got to go out and enjoy it and take it as another game".

"If we ever have to share our No 1 spot it would be New Zealand", Kohli said while addressing the gathering present at the venue. "That shapes you as a person and as a player", he agreed instantly.

Had the Christchurch Test against Bangladesh not been cancelled due to the terror attack at the mosque, Taylor would have played his 100th Test in Sydney against Australia past year. It's not easy being captain, having that intensity in the practice sessions.

"Everything has gone well but catching would be the biggest issue for me at the moment. I am happy with what has happened", he added.

"At a time where the body can't take anymore, maybe when I am 34 or 35, we will have a different conversation".

"I just got a call from Brendon before we got here saying "all the best", he said do better than he did", Taylor said.

Black Caps spinner Ajaz Patel
Black Caps spinner Ajaz Patel

"The mindset is obviously on the larger picture and from that point of view, I am preparing myself for a rigorous three years". "And then after that we might have a different conversation". Wagner will remain with Lana in Tauranga, while the rest of the team moved to Wellington for the first Test of the two-match series against India. India are runaway leaders of the tournament so far with 360 points, having won all seven matches played at home, but now face their most hard challenges with New Zealand first up, before going to Australia later in the year.

"I think the series in South Africa was pretty interesting, with South Africa winning the first and then England winning the Cape Town won, the way they won in the last hour".

"As I said before, it's a nice time to celebrate them and what they've done for my career". I think a couple of the clubbies from Taupo really enjoyed that. "We want to make sure that we qualify as soon as we can and be in that frame of mind to hopefully win that (championship)", Kohli signed-off.

Kohli gave a clear idea of the team's make-up for Wellington Test. Meanwhile, fans can't get enough of the stark difference in colours of shirts donned by Kohli and Williamson, and as usual, hilarious memes have ensued. "We have complemented each other for long with the left-arm and right arm combination". Basically, what we do is focus on our strengths. We look for putting the most lethal and balanced bowling attack.

If India nearly snatched victory in the jaws of what was looking like a shellacking at the halfway stage, they did the press conference in Wellington where they squandered a great chance for a win by dropping Brendon McCullum twice in the second innings, paving way for a match-saving triple hundred by the then Kiwi captain. As a group, we haven't bowled better than this.

India Test squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Ravichandran.

"These guys have no baggage, they're not desperate in any way to perform here", he said.

"It's not that the players are not thinking about it all the time. A bunch of guys playing with fearlessness, something that can motivate the whole team, give the start that the team wants and not get intimidated by the opposition in any way", he said.

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