Virat Kohli fires Team India up before 3rd Test: Only option is to win

first_imgVirat Kohli tried to look at the positive side of India’s current situation in the five-Test series against England and said it was not a bad thing for his team to be playing with their backs against the wall. India trail the series 0-2 after losing at Edgbaston and Lord’s.Under Kohli, India had bounced back to win a Test series previously in Sri Lanka three years ago. They had somehow managed to lose the first match after dominating Sri Lanka for most of the Test before winning the next two to clinch a historic series triumph.Kohli, who has been India’s best batsman by far on the overseas tours of South Africa and England this year, said with the series on the line, there is no room for India to think of anything else other than winning the third Test. If India lose in Nottingham next week, it will only be the second series defeat for Kohli the skipper.These are therefore desperate times but Virat Kohli has already cautioned his men against panicking.”The only thing we have spoken of us is what the team requires at all times in this Test match. When your back is against the wall, you can’t afford to think of anything else,” Kohli said on the eve of the third Test.Ben Stokes returns, Sam Curran dropped for Trent Bridge Test vs India”If you look at it from another point of view, it’s a good situation to be in because you have literally have no room for thinking about anything else apart from what the team requires.advertisement”The only conversation we have had is that the only option is to win this Test and nothing else. You need to show that in your body language, in your intent and the way you go about things.. it’s all about you feeling positive first. That is the conversation we have had in the last few days and like I said, it’s now up to the individuals to stand up and say I am going to go out there and make a difference. “When you have spoken, you expect the players to take responsibility and I am sure the guys have reflected on the last two games and there will be no other thoughts other than what the team requires,” he said.Jelly beans and Vaseline: Recapping India-England stand-off at Trent BridgeOn Thursday, India coach Ravi Shastri had asked his wards to believe that they could turn things around in the series. “Just believe in yourself.. you have been in this position a couple of times before and you have responded.”One thing for sure, there is no negative bone in this unit. Conditions favoured England at Lord’s but that is no excuse.. it can happen to any team.. This is a team without a negative bone wanting to win,” Shastri said.Meanwhile, Kohli said he was feeling “absolutely fine” after battling a stiff back during the Lord’s Test. He needed treatment during the match. However, he trained and batted at nets on Thursday and did not look in any kind of discomfort. “I am feeling fine, absolutely fine. It has been an issue that has been coming on and off. I got it in 2011 the first time. It happens with the work load.”The back is such a thing you do not know when it going to go off so all you can do is strengthen muscles around it and work on it.. a bit of strengthening, ample rest and proper rehab to get back into shape. I have had it a couple of times before so I knew how to handle it,” he said.India walk into another England fortress in a bid to stay alive in Test seriesGiven the failure of the Indian batting unit so far, was there a chance India would play an extra batsman? Karun Nair, who had scored a triple hundred against England in 2016, last played a Test match in Dharamsala in 2017. He happens to be the only specialist batsman who has not been tried in England and chances are he might play if the Indian team management deems the surface has enough assistance for bowlers.”Depends on the surface. If it has enough assistance for the bowlers, then an extra batsman might come in. But if the pitch is going to be even for batting and bowling then obviously picking up 20 wickets would be a priority.”Batsmen will then have to take the responsibility and put runs on the board. If you don’t pick 20 wickets …. both possibilities are there depending on how spicy the wicket is,” Kohli said.advertisementlast_img read more