It is perfect time for rest, says Virat Kohli

08 December, 2017, 08:18 | Author: Eloise Marshall
  • Pujara admitted India were expecting more wear and tear on the surface on the last two days. PTI file

As the 4th day unfolded in the 3rd Test between India and Sri Lanka at Delhi there was a horror story which probably shocked the onlookers and reflected poorly on the ICC as well as the organizers and umpires at Delhi who failed to recognize the importance of the health aspect which affected some players due to the smog, visibility and poor air quality and continued in an apathetic perspective to let the game proceed instead of calling a halt to it. We will prepare a few players who will be standing at the slips.

Middle-order mainstay Cheteshwar Pujara said India didn't field well.

Since Champions Trophy in June, India have been playing non-stop cricket and Kohli has complained of the same. "We don't want to disturb him from there".

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All-rounder Angelo Mathews has moved up seven places to 23rd position after scoring 111 in the first innings while Dhananjaya de Silva's match-saving 119 in the second innings has lifted him nine places to 47th position. "Overall the team have improved as a fielding unit, but slip fielding is something we are looking to improve", he added.

"The intensity that he brings on the field to inspire his teammates is what stands out for me", Dravid said.

"All those players who were standing in the slips, they are taking about 50-100 catches every day". Tendulkar had a higher run-share than Kohli in 33 out of 62 Test matches.

"When we're talking about defining a fielding position, Ajinkya [Rahane] has been fielding at gully for quite a long time", Pujara said.

"We will even discuss about it when we reach South Africa, we have started talking about it".

On the tour of South Africa, Dravid said it would once again be tough but the Indians have the experience and skill to play in all conditions. Many of our players were there in 2013. "In India, on any other pitch on Day five, there will be a lot more help for them", the Saurashtra batsman asserted. "The thing is, in Sri Lanka we are not used that, so that's why we struggled (on) the first two days", said Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal.

I don't think that will last long the way @imVkohli is batting.

The first Test between India and Sri Lanka in Kolkata had ended in a draw and the hosts won the second game by an innings and 239 runs. "If we get that, I am very confident about our chances", said Dravid, who is now coaching the U-19 and India A sides. They are Kohli, Don Bradman (806 against South Africa in 1931-32) and Mohammad Yousuf (665 against West Indies in 2006-07) The previous highest tally for an India batsman in a series playing five or fewer innings is 526 by Vinoo Mankad against New Zealand in 1955-56.

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