Virat Kohli: Aim is to play good cricket, without worrying much about rankings

IANS, Jul, 04 2016

Bengaluru: Ahead of the four-Test series against the West Indies starting 21 July, skipper Virat Kohli on Monday said rankings are the by-products of good performance.

A 4-0 clean sweep of the Caribbean side will put India on the pedestal of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings, but Kohli said the team is more focused on performing well as rankings will automatically improve.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble at a press conference in Bengaluru. AP

Indian skipper Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble at a press conference in Bengaluru. AP

"Our target is not to become No 1 in Tests. I don't think any team plays for the sake of rankings. The main goal is to play good cricket.

"Even if you are No 1 in rankings and don't play for a long time, you can become No 2 and you will have no control over it. All we can control is the kind of cricket we will be playing," Kohli told reporters during the pre-departure press conference at Bengaluru.

"These (rankings) things are like by-products. It's an incentive for good performance and we can celebrate it. The aim is to execute our plans taking one Test match at a time.

"This is a big season and it will help us build a rhythm. Otherwise, you play two Tests and then don't play for six months, there is no rhythm," Virat stated.

With India slated to play 17 Tests in the coming season, Kohli said it is the perfect opportunity to find a settled Test team for the coming years.

"This is the perfect situation and opportunity to challenge and assess ourselves as a Test team. These months will define how we play as a Test team in coming years," he said.

"From the last Test series (against South Africa), we have learnt a lot. We have addressed issues like not losing wickets just before or after the break. You would want to dominate the game and losing early wickets means that you are always playing a catch-up game," Kohli concluded.

Published Date: Jul 04, 2016 | Updated Date: Jul 04, 2016



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115