Kohli hits out at critics of chop-and change policy, calls it ‘bizarre’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 Aug 2018 11:26:02




INDIA skipper Virat Kohli on Friday said his players don’t feel threatened because of his chop-and-change policy and called it “quite a bizarre thought to have”, taking a dig at those questioning the trend. Kohli has made 37 changes in 37 Tests as captain and that trend looks set to continue when India meet England in a must-win third Test here on Saturday.

“I don’t think anyone is thinking like that. These are just things that are created on the outside and people like to make a lot of nothing. For us the priority is to win games of cricket. We are not thinking whether someone’s career is on the line or what’s going to happen to their future,” Kohli said. World number one India trail the five-match series 0-2.

“We need to focus on this Test and not think about whether someone’s career is on the line. It’s quite bizarre thought to have,” Kohli told reporters at the pre-match press conference. “That’s basically your thinking. I’m definitely not thinking like that so I won’t speak to the guys assuring their careers are not on the line. Like I said, that’s quite a bizarre thought to have,” he added, when further asked if he had provided any security to his team-mates as captain. Kohli said he has sent out a message to his teammates asking them to focus solely on the team’s requirements.

“You know when your back is against the wall is the time for you not to think anything else. From another point of you, it’s a good situation to be in because you have no room for thinking about anything else apart from what the team requires at that particular moment from you throughout the Test.“The only conversation we’ve had is that the only option is to win this game and nothing else.” Kohli stressed on thinking from a team point of view, in terms of batting and carrying themselves on the field, in a bid to overturn the 2-0 deficit.


Leaving out Sam was difficult decisions: Root

ENGLAND captain Joe Root on Friday welcomed all-rounder Ben Stokes into the playing eleven but said leaving out the promising Sam Curran for the third Test against India was one of his “most difficult” selection decisions. Stokes will return to international cricket after being deemed ‘not guilty’ by a Bristol court on charges of affray. Curran will miss out as the hosts look to press their 2-0 advantage over in the five-match series.

“It’s probably one of the most difficult selections I’ve had to make as captain,” Root told reporters at the pre-match press conference. “Sam misses out – Ben comes into the side. The difficult part is the fact that everyone is performing so well. I think some people would see that as the easy option, to leave Sam out.