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More excited than nervous looking at lively pitches, says Virat Kohli ahead of Perth Test

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli was really excited to see the pitch at the Optus stadium in Perth and is hopeful that the curator does not shave the grass off before the second Test begins on Friday.The WACA head curator unveiled a green wicket on Thursday, much to the delight of Kohli, who is looking forward to the challenge.”I was pretty happy to see the pitch the way it is. I hope that no more grass is taken off the pitch because that will mean the first three days will be very lively and we as a team are happy with that.”We just have to challenge ourselves as a batting unit, show discipline and show positive intent.”And then ask the bowlers to do the job they did at Adelaide as well. I think this pitch is going to offer significantly more to the bowlers than Adelaide did and that’s something we’re very excited about to be honest,” Kohli said a day ahead of the second Test.Thoughts on the Perth Pitch? #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/FQuUwRG3YtBCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2018″We certainly get more excited than nervous looking at lively pitches now. We understand that we do have a bowling attack which can bowl the opposition out as much as they are convinced about their attack.”When you have four or five fast bowlers who are at the peak of their ability, it’s always a great feeling to have in the side.”For us, as batsmen, it also gives us a lot of motivation and boosts us up that we can put in those match-winning significant batting performances because we have so much belief in our bowling unit right now.advertisement”We understand that if we bat well, we will definitely get the result that we want. It’s a very exciting phase to be in,” the 30-year-old added.Virat Kohli holds no fears over the Perth Stadium pitch for the second #AUSvIND Test… pic.twitter.com/gvxruTtcF3 cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 13, 2018Australia head coach Justin Langer was also happy with what he saw at the new venue, which is all set to host its first Test match.”I’m really fascinated and can’t wait to see what the wicket brings. There’s only been one four-day game in its history. I went and watched a bit of the NSW versus WA game — there was certainly some pace and bounce there.”We’ve also seen some pace and bounce in it during the one-dayers and T20 game. Time will tell what the wicket brings… If we can get (WACA-style pace and bounce) it’d be a great thing for Test cricket,” Langer told reporters.India meanwhile, suffered two huge injury blows on Thursday as off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and batsman Rohit Sharma were ruled out of the second match.India name 13-man squad for 2nd Test: Virat Kohli (C), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav #TeamIndia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/dBnMLqZ7ADBCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2018Ashwin suffered a left-side abdominal strain, while Rohit jarred his back in the field during the first Test.Both players didn’t feature in the 13-man squad announced for the Perth Test starting December 14. India lead the four-match series 1-0 after their 31-run victory over the hosts at the Adelaide Oval on Monday.Also Read | India vs Australia: Perth pitch curator unveils a green-top wicket for 2nd TestAlso Read | To hell with nets? Not really. Team India sweats it out in PerthAlso Read | Mohinder Amarnath says advantage India in tight Test series vs AustraliaAlso Read | KL Rahul trying to hit his way out of form: Sunil Gavaskar to India Todaylast_img

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