Saturday, 28 March, 2020


Trent Boult challenges Virat Kohli ahead of Wellington Test

Trent Boult challenges Virat Kohli ahead of Wellington Test Trent Boult challenges Virat Kohli ahead of Wellington Test
Noah Ferguson | 19 February, 2020, 20:07

Addressing the event, skipper Virat Kohli said, "We are very honoured to be here invited by the High Commissioner".

Following back-to-back home series against South Africa, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Australia, India arrived in New Zealand for a different challenge of having to play away against a strong opposition, in all three formats.

"It's not a conversation to hide away from", he said.

"But you need one world class skillful spinner, who can take wickets on any pitch".

"If we ever have to share our No 1 spot it would be New Zealand", Kohli said while addressing the gathering present at the venue. Speaking ahead of the first Test, Ross Taylor has also cautioned his team not to just focus only on Jasprit Bumrah but also play other Indian bowlers with utmost concentration during the upcoming two-Test series. We want to thank you for that. The team will then travel to Christchurch for the second and final match of the series, which will be played on February 29. Then being captain and having intensity in practice session and discussing the game, so it does take a toll on you.

"Everything has gone well but catching would be the biggest issue for me at the moment". So periodic breaks for me seems to work pretty okay. So the mindset is on the larger picture, and from that point, I am preparing myself for a rigorous three years from now.

The 31-year-old has had success batting on New Zealand wickets in the longest format of the game.

While he didn't give an answer on the Saha-Pant debate, the Delhi 'keeper had precious little to do at the main nets and was seen spending more time doing his keeping drills and only got an opportunity to bat when the first team completed its routines.

If India nearly snatched victory in the jaws of what was looking like a shellacking at the halfway stage, they did the press conference in Wellington where they squandered a great chance for a win by dropping Brendon McCullum twice in the second innings, paving way for a match-saving triple hundred by the then Kiwi captain.

India's opening pair will be a new one, with Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal likely to step out at the top after Shubman Gill, the third option, finished with two low scores. These guys are not desperate to perform here in any manner or they don't have any nerves in wanting to do well overseas because they haven't done well in the past or something like that.

Wagner's absence - who was impressive during New Zealand's last Test series in Australia - comes as a major blow for the hosts who would be looking to maintain the winning momentum when they switch formats after the 3-0 drubbing of India in the ODI series.

"They play with a fearlessness that can motivate the whole team and give us the kind of starts we want".

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