India vs Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli will not miss even a second of cricket as long as his body allows, says hosts' fielding coach R Sridhar

India's fielding coach R Sridhar said that skipper Virat Kohli would not miss a chance to play for the country as long as he is fit and would ask for rest only when his body demands.

PTI, Nov 17, 2017 21:18:11 IST

Kolkata: India's fielding coach R Sridhar said that skipper Virat Kohli would not miss a chance to play for the country as long as he is fit and would ask for rest only when his body demands.

India are scheduled to tour South Africa for a full series early next year and many feel that Kohli should be rested during the two-month long ongoing home series against Sri Lanka, but the captain insisted that he would ask for rest only when needed.

"Each member in this team is very proud to represent his country at any given opportunity. Most in the team love to play every match. Knowing Virat, he wears his pride on his sleeve. As long as his body allows he would not miss a single second of the match," Sridhar told a news conference after the second day's against Sri Lanka.

Captain Virat Kohli is considered the fittest member of a young and agile Indian side. AP

Captain Virat Kohli is considered the fittest member of a young and agile Indian side. AP

Asked why three-Test-old Hardik Pandya was taken off the squad after the all-rounder sought for rest, Sridhar said: "The parameters we take into consideration is the workload.

"The time he spent at the crease, overs, batting... based on that, the team management takes a call on who needs to be rotated."

The Indian team is considered a supremely confident fielding side and Sridhar gave credit to players' putting in a lot of hardwork.

"We are not doing any magic trick. As far as fielding goes, the formula is very simple, the more you practice the better you get. You can see the results because it's a controllable skill of the game unlike bowling and batting which one cannot control.

"So we work hard on the things we can control and I may sound like a broken record here but the only way to get better is to practice a lot and that's what this team does," he said.

"The fitter the player, the better the result on the field. You are more agile," Sridhar added.

On Suresh Raina, Sridhar said once the batsman is fit, he would be a "part of the whole process".

"He's a fabulous fielder. Once he is through with the fitness parameters, I'm sure he will be very much part of the whole process," he said.

Updated Date: Nov 17, 2017 21:18:11 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
New Zealand 4 3 0 1 7
India 4 3 0 1 7
England 4 3 1 0 6
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 4 1 2 1 3
South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
Bangladesh 4 1 2 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 4 0 4 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254