PLANS: Virat Kohli said he is looking forward to leading the side in Sri Lanka
Indian Test captain Virat Kohli has expressed confidence in Ravichandran Ashwin’s batting abilities, saying there is no reason why the spin bowler can’t be the all-rounder his side is looking for.
“Ashwin, Bhuvi [Bhuveshwar Kumar] and Bhajji [Harbhajan Singh] are all handy with the bat. Ashwin has a Test average of 40 and I cannot see that why he can’t be that all-rounder for us. That’s the challenge – giving people goals and asking them to improve in certain aspects where the team requires them,” Kohli said ahead of the three-Test series in Sri Lanka.
He stressed he would like to play five bowlers in order to give the team a chance to take 20 wickets and playing three spinners could be a reality during the series.
“You need to play a stronger bowling side in order to win Test matches and it’s more exciting and satisfying as well. Yes, that’s a possibility (three spinners). The idea is to take 20 wickets. I strongly believe that you need your best bowlers to play in order to give your team a chance to do that. The whole idea of playing five bowlers is that the top six have to take more responsibility,” he said.
Kohli added that he was looking forward to the Sri Lanka series as it would give him a proper chance to execute his plans.
“It is an opportunity to have certain plans for a particular series, judge ourselves on the basis of those three Test matches and analyse how many times we were able to do things actually we wanted to do. I think in one-off Test matches, you do not get that opportunity.
“It is very exciting for me personally to play a full series as a captain and to have the opportunity of executing certain things that we want to do as a team,” said Kohli.