Good to be back into the groove, says Kohli

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Galle, Sri Lanka- Away Test wins rarely come any eas­ier than the one for In­dia in Galle on Satur­day as it recorded its big­gest away win on the fourth evening of the first Test.

It was a near-per­fect Test for In­dia but vic­to­ri­ous cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli still iden­ti­fied ar­eas of im­prove­ment to tar­get.

"There are still some ar­eas that we want to look back and try to im­prove upon; espe­cially when you get four-five wick­ets and not let­ting the lower or­der to get away with the few runs in the later half of the in­nings," Kohli said. "It's some­thing that we can still iden­tify and work on in the next two games as well.

"But all in all, I think, play­ing Test cricket - Fe­bru­ary [the Aus­tralia se­ries ended in March] is when we last played Test cricket - and from then, hav­ing played so much one-day cricket and not hav­ing the time to pre­pare so much in be­tween… I think from that point of view it was good to get back into the groove and do things that are sup­posed to be done to win a Test match."

Amid this glut of one-day cricket, it was easy to for­get what a poor se­ries Kohli had the last time he played Tests, against Aus­tralia. "I wasn't look­ing at things from that point of view," he said. "I think peo­ple on the out­side start count­ing the num­ber of in­nings when a bats­man doesn't score well, but for us as bats­man or any­one play­ing in the XI, it's all about what the team wants at that par­tic­u­lar sit­u­a­tion. And you end up scor­ing runs as well plus you end up help­ing team also.

"I think the sec­ond in­nings re­quired us to play more pos­i­tively, and I am glad I was able to do that along with Ab­hi­nav [Mukund] to get us enough time to get the op­po­si­tion out and enough runs on the board for us to feel com­fort­able. Yeah, I wasn't cer­tainly look­ing at things like how many in­nings I haven't scored be­cause when you are play­ing all for­mats, you don't think which for­mat you have not scored runs in how many in­nings. You can't utilise so much en­ergy in that."

En­ergy in Galle was utilised in tak­ing wick­ets be­cause the pitch was re­ally flat. "The last time when we played here the sur­face of­fered much more to the bowlers," Kohli said.

"It kept the bowlers in the game through­out, the quicks and the spin­ners more so. This time around the wicket was re­ally good to bat on even till to­day. I mean if you ap­plied your­self, you could eas­ily score runs on that sur­face.

"So, yeah, we had to work hard for get­ting all the wick­ets that we did. I think the bowlers came up with dif­fer­ent plans, per­sisted with them long enough to get those break­throughs and that's some­thing that al­ways helps at the be­gin­ning of a se­ries, to get a vic­tory on a sur­face which is not of­fer­ing much."

Vi­rat Kohli

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