India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli hints at continuing at No 3, with Rohit Sharma at 5
India skipper Virat Kohli said that the batting order was likely to remain unchanged ahead of the fourth Test at Port-of-Spain.
Gros Islet (St Lucia): Indian captain Virat Kohli expressed happiness over the fact that his team could make a course correction of all that went wrong in Jamaica during the second Test that saw them failing to get even six wickets on the final day.
The India skipper added that the batting order was likely to remain unchanged ahead of the fourth Test.
India clinched the four-Test series 2-0 on Saturday by winning the third Test by 237 runs despite losing an entire day's play due to poor weather conditions.
No wonder Kohli was happy when told about Indian team's feat of winning two Test matches in a single series since they started coming to West Indies in the early 1950's.
"We have done quite a few firsts in the last year. In Jamaica, we understood the things that went wrong. We corrected those things here on the fourth day. We got seven wickets for 31 runs (on fourth day) and that was the game-changer. We have always aimed to win series' away from India. This is a good start," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
He was also satisfied that all three changes worked well and made it clear that it will be him and not anyone else who will be batting at No 3 from now on with Rohit Sharma getting an extended run at No 5.
"We made three changes and we understood Rohit needs to be backed at a particular position. I batted at No 3, Jinks (Rahane) at No 4. Rohit is dangerous at No 5 and take the game away in a session. That means I take up the extra responsibility at No 3. I don't mind that and someone like Ashwin is batting well.
"And we can play five bowlers. It was wonderful, commendable from Bhuvneshwar. He showed the bowlers how to bowl in consistent areas. We lost early wickets here, that's the way Test cricket goes. I am being too critical but we will look for a complete performance in Trinidad," said Kohli.
He was equally lavish in his praise for Wriddhiman Saha's century.
"We all know Ash can bat but you particularly feel happy when a teamman like Saha does well. Such a nice person, never cribs about anything, does not have a bad word to say about anybody, ready to bat at Nos 8,9, or 10."
Man of the match Ravichandran Ashwin said that although it looked like a slow wicket, it had enough juice in it for the pacers.
"We thought 234 on the first day was a par score, and we wanted to extend it. From the outside, it looked like a slow wicket. We were bowling good lines and conservative lengths and Bhuvi bowled that wonderful spell on the fourth day."
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