Kohli spoke to the media ahead of the first Test about the team’s journey, Hardik Pandya’s value to the side, the key takeaways from the last 18 months, and much more. Excerpts:
Your views on the last few weeks? The coach selection process and the appointment of Ravi Shastri?
We have spoken enough about these issues and it is something that we are not focussing on at all now. As I mentioned in the press conference in Mumbai as well there is no new scenario to sync with anything or understand anything, we have worked together before and it has been fruitful and successful. We are just looking forward to the cricket now and in this series showcase our skills and have consistent performances which we have had as a side ever since we started our climb back in the rankings after the tour of Australia in 2014-15.
With KL Rahul out of the first Test, who will open?
We only have two more openers. Rohit has never opened in Test cricket and we don’t see that kind of experiment happening here because we have specialist openers in the team and they will obviously be starting this game.
KL is down with flu unluckily but it is not serious and he will take a few days to recover from that. He is a very established player and he has done very well for us in all formats over the past year. He is a very solid player and these kind of scenarios present opportunities to other players in the team to step up and show what they are capable of. Have a solid performance and stay with the team for a longer period and get more chances to play in the future. So our players look at these scenarios as opportunities.