Port Of Spain: Ecstatic after clinching an unbeatable lead in the ongoing Test series against the West Indies, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli said his team will now play with more “positive intent” in the fourth and final Test starting August 18.
India hammered West Indies by 237 in the third Test here yesterday to grab an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
“The team is feeling really good, especially because we didn’t have a day of play in Jamaica and fifth day was really testing for us. We didn’t get the result we wanted. Here also we played two good days of Test cricket, then lost day 3, but again on day 4 bowlers came back and executed what we wanted to,” said Kohli after the day’s play.
“Bhuvneshwar Kumar was amazing in the afternoon, and picking up 5 wickets for 28 runs on that pitch in 24 overs was a great spell. That really changed things around for us. Not to forget the first innings, where the way Wriddhiman Saha and R Ashwin batted was really top class Test cricket as well,” he added.
“So the team is really happy that we could execute our plans and wrap up the series here. Now we can play with more positive intent in Trinidad and express ourselves fully and understand the areas we still need to improve on.”
The visitors had made three changes for this match, and while they were reduced to 130/5, it worked out fine in the end as things came together on day five. India had declared their second innings at 217/7 and then bowled out West Indies for just 108 runs after they were faced with 87 overs to bat out.
“Very few people like change. This team doesn’t think how others would react or what they might say. We put out a combination that’s best according to the pitch. When I came at No.3 many people asked why I did it, but I am not fixated by my batting spot,” Kohli said.
“If the team needs, I can open the batting too because that’s the rule applicable to everyone in the team. To field a player like Rohit Sharma we had to make him bat at No.5. To make that happen the other players will go one place up the order. That’s what we did,” he added.
Kohli also explained the reasons behind his bowling choices in the match.
“In bowling we replaced Umesh Yadav with Bhuvi because we felt that since the ground is so good it would be easier to maintain the shine on the ball. The pitch was also hard so there was carry. Bhuvi gave us the results, gave us breakthroughs with the second new ball.
“If you make three changes you might feel that it might to be too strong a reaction. But we realised that if we have to seal the series here then we had to make changes according to the conditions,” the skipper said.