File photo of Virat Kohli addressing the press© AFP
Virat Kohli Press Conference Highlights: India Test captain Virat Kohli addressed the press ahead of the series-deciding third and final Test match against South Africa at the Newlands in Cape Town. The prolific right-handed batter had missed the second Test match at the Wanderers, which South Africa won by 7 wickets to draw level in the series, due to a back spasm. KL Rahul had led India in his absence. Kohli, however, confirmed that he is fit for the all-important third Test which provides India a golden opportunity to register their first-ever Test series victory on South African soil. Kohli said Mohammed Siraj, who had sustained a hamstring injury in the first innings of the previous Test, is not “match-ready.”
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Siraj Not “Match-ready”
Mohammed Siraj is not match-ready to play third Test, can’t take risk: Virat Kohli on Monday. Siraj had sustained a hamstring injury while bowling in the first innings of South Africa in the second Test in Johannesburg.
Kohli “Fit” For 3rd Test
“I am absolutely fit,” said Virat Kohli. The India captain had missed the second Test due to a back spasm but will return to the XI for the decider, he confirmed on Monday.
Kohli On Rishabh Pant
“I think Rishabh Pant will learn from his mistakes and come out as a better cricketer. We did have a chat with him and I’m sure he is a matured cricketer to learn from his mistakes,” Kohli said.
Kohli On KL Rahul’s Captaincy
“KL (Rahul) tried to take wickets in the second innings but South Africa played very good cricket. I don’t think he could have done anything different there. Yes, I probably would have done certain things differently but the objective would have been the same. Every individual has a different style of captaining,” Kohli said.
Kohli On Pujara, Rahane
“Transitions do happen but they happen naturally. I think we should leave the transition to unfold itself and not necessarily force a certain individual into a transition,” said Kohli.
Kohli Had Missed The 2nd Test
Virat Kohli had to sit out of the second Test match at the Wanderers due to a back spasm. KL Rahul led India for the first time in red-ball cricket in Kohli’s absence. The latter, however, trained, is likely to return for the third Test
Virat Kohli PC Live Updates
India Test captain Virat Kohli is set to address the press on Monday ahead of the all-important third Test match against South Africa in Cape Town, which begins on Tuesday. The series is locked at 1-1 and both India and South Africa will look to win the decider to seal the series.
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