'Hurt' India will not repeat Pune mistakes, vows Kohli
Mar 03 2017 by Ken Ortega
Virat Kohli's team bonded during a hinterland hike in Pune, with Vijay noting it had made them "closer". "It's the way we play", he said.
Most of the talks leading up to the second Test on Saturday have been about the pitch.
The only problem is that Australia was the team supposed to have the flaky batting line-up, while India's spinners were short-priced favourites to run through us quicker than whatever Matt Renshaw ate the night before. The ground staff watered the square and worked on it.
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Credit should also be given to the two Aussie spinners for assessing the pitch effectively. Needless to say, this pitch is getting more pre-match care than the Pune one, and for obvious reasons. "I wouldn't have too much confidence if I read all the comments on Facebook and Twitter", he said. "I was obviously under pressure there for a while, and in a way it was nice to just get back to playing for the Scorchers and here I am". It was a challenging wicket and as cricketers, we need to play on such wickets sometimes rather than playing on flat tracks. At the end of it all, he was visibly agitated. "Basically you don't change the practice depending upon the result", the Indian captain also said.
Any Australian watching, though, would have been more than mildly amused.
"I can assure you that everyone is taking this as a massive challenge and everyone is raring to turn things around in the series and play the kind of cricket that we all know that we can play and not take a backward step at any stage". Of the five Tests played, Australia has won two and drawn two with only the last Test, in 2004, the one that Kohli referred to, ending in defeat. The Test match finished inside three days with the pitch showing signs of deterioration and crumbling right from the outset. Visiting skipper Steve Smith himself admitted his team were the "underdogs" going in, and stalwarts Sourav Ganguly and Harbhajan Singh predicted 4-0 whitewashes. Let's take a look at the key questions ahead of the clash.
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"I think we were in India for something like 11 or 12 weeks and Geoff Marsh, the coach, pulled out a little tin of spaghetti", Warne said on Wide World of Sports in December, 2014. India - albeit helped by winning both tosses and not having to bat last - found a way to play him. We just need to move on. "That's why we're looking forward to this game".
Vijay was the first to admit while talking to the reporters that spilled catches had contributed to India's downfall at Pune.
Ashwin found all the luck with the ball with 7 wickets in the Pune Test, but O'Keefe got the better of the all-rounder.
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Teams visiting India show their frustration and the team captain blamed Indian umpires those days after touching the shores of Sri Lanka.