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As Players we prioritize team first, says Virat Kohli

On being asked about how tough it would be to drop Ajinkya Rahane for South Africa tour the Indian captain said what is necessary is to see the situation where the team is placed and where the individuals stand. He added communication with the individuals is important and to explain to them the reasons behind certain decisions.

Under Kohli, India have done well in bilateral series, but have struggled in ICC tournaments. (Image: File)
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New Delhi: As Players we prioritize the team first, said Virat Kohli during a press conference in Mumbai on Friday ahead of the second test match against New Zealand starting from tomorrow.

On being asked about how tough it would be to drop Ajinkya Rahane for South Africa tour the Indian captain said what is necessary is to see the situation where the team is placed and where the individuals stand and communication with the individuals is important and to explain to them the reasons behind certain decisions.

During the press conference on being thrown into uncertainty following the emergence of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron, Virat Kohli said he expects to get a clearer picture on the upcoming tour of South Africa in the next couple of days.

“We have been talking to the BCCI. We need to have more clarity, and hopefully, in the next couple of days we will know more. Rahul (Dravid) bhai (coach) has spoken to all senior players. It is important that we are not left in a confused situation or spot,” Kohli said.

He added, “We are not playing in normal times anyway. We have spoken to all the members of the squad.”

Giving his views on Wankhede pitch, Kohli said “ Looks like a typical Wankhede wicket. We expect to have a nice bounce. There is value for all kind of bowlers on the Wankhede wicket. When you bat well you can get runs as well, so I think it is a great wicket for good cricket and as I said all skill sets are in the play all the time. So which is a great position to be in and you know you can utilise your resources well and the team which does it better has more chances of winning the test match.”

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“You go in with the knowledge that you can utilize bowlers whether it will be fast bowlers, spinners whosoever it is, your batsman can find value in playing good shots, in being solid at the crease and still believing that you can score runs even if the situation is difficult, you can play a very well play a really good knock from there because the pitch allows you to.”

“I think this is a pitch which demands a lot of discipline and is also much higher in percentage compared to some of the other venues where spin might be dominant and the fast bowlers don’t come into play. On Wankhede I don’t think that has ever been the case.“

I know for a fact all the bowlers especially in the red ball cricket really enjoy playing at the Wankhede and bowling on this pitch and the batsman love batting here as well, so as I said great cricketing wicket, he added.

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The India seniors, during a nearly seven-week assignment starting December 17, are scheduled to play three Tests, three ODIs and four T20 Internationals across four venues — Johannesburg, Centurion, Paarl, and Cape Town.

(With PTI Inputs)

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