Virat Kohli Hints At An Overhaul Of The Test Team Following A Crushing Defeat In The WTC Final

Updated - 24 Jun 2021, 09:12 PM

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Following a comprehensive defeat in the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand, a disappointed Virat Kohli has hinted at changes in the Test team in the immediate future.

Indian batting was once again exposed in seaming conditions against a relentless New Zealand attack as they managed a mere 217 and 170 in their two innings.

None of the batters managed to cross the 50-run-mark and the experienced trip of Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli himself and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane were disappointing, to say the least, especially the former.

During the press conference, Virat Kohli said that the leadership group will continue to have discussions around the things that are needed to strengthen the team in the near future.

Kohli also gave the example of the flexibility and depth of the white-ball set-up, stating that the same needs to happen with the Test team.

“We will continue to reassess and continue to have conversations around what are the things required to strengthen our side and not follow or fall prey to certain patterns,” Virat Kohli said at the post match virtual press conference.

“We will not wait for a year or so and have to plan ahead. If you see our white ball team now, we have great depth and guys are ready and confident. Same thing needs to be done with Test cricket,” he added.

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Virat Kohli further stated the need for bringing players who are fearless and those who have the right mindset to find a way to score runs in tough conditions. 

“You have to reassess and replan and understand what dynamics work for the team and how we can be fearless. Bring in right people who have right mindset to perform,” the skipper hinted at overhaul.

India will now have a six-week break before they take on England in a grueling five-match Test series, starting August 04.

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