Kohli’s special request ahead of the Lord’s Test
While talking at the pre-match press conference, Indian skipper Virat Kohli addressed several questions ranging from the struggles that India might face at Lord’s to possibilities of fielding two spinners in the match.
Giving a remark on the debut of 20-year-old Surrey cricketer, Ollie Pope, Kohli congratulated the youngster, but he cheekily wished Pope not to score many runs against India.
Ollie Pope has been named in the playing 11 for England and he is all set to make his debut against India at the second Test at Lord’s on Thursday after the selectors decided to drop Dawid Malan due to his bad form.
Speaking about Pope, “I would just say enjoy the moment, but don’t get too many runs against us. It is certainly a big moment for him, but I have never seen him play so I don’t know much about his playing techniques. I am sure if he has been selected to play for England, he must be very good,” Kohli said.
Kohli urges cricket followers not to be judgmental
Indian skipper Virat Kohli also requested the followers of Indian cricket not be judgmental about team India’s below-par batting performance after just one Test.
Kohli said the team found it hard to make ‘mental adjustments’ during the first Test, which meant that the problem was not technical but mental.
India lost the first match of the five-match Test series against England by 31 runs with only captain Kohli making half-centuries in both the innings for India.
“We should not be quick to jump off to conclusions. As a team, we need to keep patience. And, as far as the fall of wickets is concerned, it is more of a mental aspect,” said Kohli while talking with the reporters in the pre-match press conference.
“I understand that it looks really bad from outside, especially because we are playing in England where it is difficult anyways. Right now we just want to bring down the margin of error and beyond that, we don’t need to worry too much,” he added.
India will be taking on England for the second Test match at Lord’s on Thursday at 03:30 pm, IST.