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We’ll have to play well to get a result: Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli. File

Virat Kohli. File   | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy

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‘In Test cricket I don’t think you can afford to take focus away at all’

The two days’ training at the Holkar Stadium ahead of the series-opener against Bangladesh has been like a double-edged sword for India. While the team had to get a feel of the pink ball — to be used for the day/night Test in Kolkata next week — it couldn’t lose its focus from the first of the two Tests here.

Captain Virat Kohli admitted that India remained focussed on the job on hand for the time being. “In Test cricket I don’t think you can afford to take focus away at all, not even one session, not even one over. With the red ball you need to be absolutely precise in your focus, every game that you play, every ball that you play, every situation that you are in,” Kohli said on Wednesday.

“Our prime focus is tomorrow’s Test match. When the pink ball Test arrives, as I said we will be quite excited about it. There’s always excitement in the air before any Test begins, especially when you go for the toss in the morning, the first session has to start. I think that’s a different kind of feeling we all have. We are looking forward to that first and then we will focus on the pink ball later.”

While India’s batsmen alternated between pink and red balls during Tuesday’s drills, Wednesday was all about trainig with red cherries, with pink balls being hurled only for inspection or the broadcaster’s promotional campaign.

Kohli explained the rationale behind simultaneously training with both variants of the ball.

“I hadn’t played with the pink ball before. I was given an opportunity to try and I wanted to, so that was my mindset behind playing with the pink ball. I think everyone else did it as well,” Kohli said.

“You require extra concentration to pick the pink ball suddenly when you’re playing with the red ball. I think it was to work on the reflexes a little bit as well. Because when you play with the red ball in the net and you arrive at the pink ball, it gets very difficult to pick it up, which can be the case in the game as well. It sort of gives you the match scenario and how it might be difficult to pick it early on. To get into that zone was the reason behind it.”

When asked if he expected Bangladesh to be more competent than South Africa, Kohli said: “They are used to playing in similar conditions so we definitely think that they will know their game plan and what they need to do.

“We’ll have to play well to get a result, like we have in the past. We’ll not take anyone lightly from Bangladesh. When they play well they can be a very skilful team and they have the ability to play some really good cricket. We’ll have respect for them but more than that we’ll have belief in our own team.”

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