Indian captain Virat Kohli has once again reiterated the importance of the home crowd ahead of the historic third Test against England at the newly relaid Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.
The third Test will be a day-night affair and it will be played at the ‘world’s largest cricket stadium’ where more than 50,000 raucous Indian fans are expected to be in attendance.
The first Test was played behind closed doors, which Team India went on to lose by a whopping margin of 227 runs.
However, the fans were back in the stadium albeit in a limited capacity for the second Test, and the difference as Virat Kohli reiterated in the presser, was clearly visible.
“Crowd plays a massive role. The crowd really gets behind us and the difference of which we saw in the second Test. You know, the opposition does feel the pressure when you go to play in Australia, England, South Africa, and New Zealand or anywhere,” Kohli said during a virtual press conference on Tuesday.
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Virat was seen engaging with the crowd, urging them to rally behind the team during England’s innings. Kohli also shared the first-hand experience of how it feels when the home crowd rallies behind their batsman or bowlers.
“Our experience is that as a batsman when you walked into the field and thirty thousand fans are going in your way, clapping as bowlers running into bowl… it does get in your head. So, you would love for that atmosphere to be present and make life more difficult for the opposition and really get behind the team” said Virat Kohli.
Watch the video here:
Who doesn't love the crowd 🤗🤗
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