We have a problem of plenty and that’s a great position to be in: Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli feels the team management has a happy problem of plenty to deal with when it comes to selecting the first XI, ahead of India’s World Test Championship campaign where they take on the West Indies at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Thursday.It could be toss up between Hanuma Vihari and Rohit Sharma as to who comes to bat at No. 6 after vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane who is expected to bat at No 5. With Prithvi Shaw suspended, India are likely to open with K.L. Rahul and Mayank Agarwal with Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli coming in at No 3 and No 4 respectively.”Vihari has done well. It all depends on combination. Rohit’s quality we all know and he has done well. It’s about who provides the best balance,” Kohli said at the pre-match press conference here.”Happy that guys are grabbing opportunities. As long as this healthy competition is there, great for Indian cricket.”We have a problem of plenty and that’s a great position to be in,” Kohli added.There will also be a selection call to make as to who will stand behind the stumps with Wriddhiman Saha now back in the fray and Rishabh Pant also there. It remains to be seen whether India play an extra bowler and leave out a batsman as all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been rested.”We are still thinking about the combination, we could not have a look at the wicket as it was covered. It’s more or less a choice between three quicks and a spinner or two quicks and two spinners,” Kohli said.advertisement”Last time England played here, the wicket had quite a lot of variable bounce so..we will be flexible about the combination.”India tinkered with their opening combination the last time they played five-day cricket. Asked about more pressure falling on the middle order, Kohli said: “We are senior players and want to take bulk of the load. Along with Ajinkya, we want to take load off the other players and control the middle order. The opening combination, as you see we have two openers in the squad (Rahul, Agarwal) so the idea is to give them four innings to go out and express themselves.”India played in Australia last in January, winning the four-match series 2-1, which was their first ever Test series Down Under.Kohli also reiterated his backing for World Test Championship, saying it would make every series more competitive.”When you have points to play for, every match becomes more important. As I said, it’s going to bring in more competition. The Test championship is going to take the standard of Test cricket higher.”Kohli, who hit his maiden double hundred at this ground in 2016, added that he loves coming back here. “I love coming to this place, it is relaxing. It is also special in terms of getting my first double hundred here,” he said.In this series, India, the No 1 ranked Test team, will look to reinforce their position at the top of the standings and will bank on their experience to outclass the West Indies who will be low on confidence following the thrashing they received in the T20 and ODI series.Also Read | IND vs WI: Virat Kohli hints at four-bowler strategy for 1st TestAlso Read | I will play Rohit and Ashwin over Vihari and Kuldeep, says SehwagAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s players give a glimpse of India’s new jersey ahead of 1st Test vs West Indieslast_img read more

India crash to their worst T20I defeat after horror show against New Zealand

first_imgIndia crash to their worst T20I defeat after horror show against New ZealandIndia vs New Zealand 1st T20: New Zealand beat India by 80 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match T20I series. Chasing 220 to win in Wellington, India managed only 139 after Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya failed with the bat.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta WellingtonFebruary 6, 2019UPDATED: February 6, 2019 16:43 IST India vs New Zealand 1st T20I Wellington: Indian batting completely failed as India lost the first of the 3-match series. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia lost the 1st T20 to New Zealand by 80 runs in WellingtonChasing 220, India managed only 139 after a top-order failureTim Seifert top scored for New Zealand with a 43-ball 84Brief Score – New Zealand (219/6) beat India (139) by 80 runs, take 1-0 lead in 3-match series. Dhoni (39), Southee (3/17), Ferguson (2/22). Full ScorecardIndia crashed to a 80-run defeat against New Zealand in the first T20 International in Wellington on Wednesday. Set 220 to win, India’s batsmen failed to put up any kind of fight against some disciplined bowling from the Black Caps on a flat pitch.New Zealand were asked to bat by Rohit Sharma and the Kiwis were all too thrilled to go first on a batting-friendly surface. Tim Seifert, playing only his 9th T20I and the dangerous Colin Munro added 86 for the first wicket. Krunal Pandya snared Munro for a 20-ball 34 in the ninth over but by then the damage had already been done.This was India’s heaviest defeat in T20Is in terms of runs. In 2010, India had lost to Australia by 49 runs in Bridgetown. In the 2016 World T20, India were subjected to a 46-run defeat against New Zealand. Again in 2017, New Zealand walloped India by 40 runs in Rajkot. Three of India’s top four heaviest defeats have now come against New Zealand.INDIA VS NEW ZEALAND 1ST T20I WELLINGTON: HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand win by 80 runs. Go 1-0 up in the three match T20I series.#NZvIND pic.twitter.com/RDet7K7uqb BCCI (@BCCI) February 6, 2019Tim Seifert was well set and skipper Kane Williamson came out all guns blazing to smash a quick 34. New Zealand lost Seifert, who made 84 off 43 but they were well on course for a huge total. Khaleel Ahmed helped India avoid further carnage when he bowled a near yorker to send Seifert packing 16 short of a well-deserved hundred in the 13th over.advertisementBut Williamson and Ross Taylor (23 off 14) ensured New Zealand got to 219 for 6. Scott Kuggeleijn walked in at No 8 and smashed three fours and a six to finish with 20 not out off 7 balls to give the Black Caps impetus towards the end of the innings.India’s chase got off to a promising start when Shikhar Dhawan hammered Kuggeleijn for two sixes and a four in his first over. But Tim Southee dismissed Rohit Sharma with a well-directed short ball for 1. Vijay Shankar was sent up the order at No 3 and he did look like an able ally for Dhawan but disaster strick when Dhawan fell to Lockie Ferguson in the sixth over for 29.Rishabh Pant, who returned to the Indian team after being left out of the ODI series agaisnt Australia and New Zealand, failed to make use of a great opportunity. He fell to Mitchell Santner who yorked the Delhi southpaw for 4 off 10 balls. In a further blow to India’s chances, Santner struck again to remove Vijay Shankar for an 18-ball 27.Ish Sodhi, the leg-spinner, struck twice in the space of four balls to remove Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya. MS Dhoni watched helplessly from the other end but the task had become too stiff even for one of the game’s greatest finishers.India were batting deep on Wednesday. Krunal Pandya walked in at No 8 but the top order’s failure meant the required rate had shot up beyond manageable proportions.In the end, it was all about some batting for some kind of respectability for India but they will have to do much better with both bat and ball in the second T20I in Auckland on February 8.Also Read | Dream come true for Pandya brothers as they play together for India for first timeAlso Read | Dinesh Karthik makes up for dropped catch with stunnerFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow India vs New Zealand 1st T20IFollow Rohit SharmaFollow MS DhoniFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow Tim SeifertFollow Hardik PandyaFollow Rishabh PantFollow Mitchell Santnerlast_img read more