Kohli admits team wanted pitches favouring fast bowlers

Nagpur: Captain Virat Kohli admits the team management told the board to make seamer-friendly pitches for the on-going Tests against Sri Lanka.

Speaking to the media here on Thursday, ahead of the second Test, he said, “This was the only option to prepare for the tour of South Africa, because unfortunately we get only two days before we go there after this series.”

He expressed his unhappiness over the cramped schedule of the India team which leaves them no time to acclimatise. The Board of Control for Cricket in India, in a bid to accommodate the Sri Lanka series, has left little time for the Indian cricket team to prepare for the long South Africa series.

“Had we got a month off ideally, we would have done a proper preparation in a camp sort of scenario. But we have to sort of make do with what we have,” said Kohli.

The Sri Lanka series ends on December 24 and India play their first Test against South Africa on January 5.

“As usual cramped for time, which I think we needed to assess in future as well because we very easily assess the team when go abroad but we don’t look at how many days we have got to prepare before we go to a particular place to play.

“Everyone starts judging players when results come after Test matches. It should be a fair game where we get to prepare the way we want to and then we are entitled to be criticised.

“So we thought this is an ample opportunity for us to challenge ourselves, put us in a situation.”