Kohli prefers five specialist bowlers


New India Test captain Virat Kohli has suggested that his team will play five specialist bowlers under his leadership in the longest format of the game.

Most Test teams pick six batsman, a wicketkeeper and four specialist bowlers but Kohli feels India will be better served, and have more opportunities to win, if they play the extra bowler.

Kohli said: "I certainly believe that you need to take 20 wickets to win a Test match. Out of your batting unit, you need 2-3 people to click to get a score of 500.

"So I certainly believe in giving our team a chance to pick up 20 wickets. I am a big fan of the 6-5 combination."

India are currently in Bangladesh preparing to play the Tigers in one-off Test starting in Fatullah on Wednesday, and the India skipper said they will first have to look at the pitch before deciding their bowling combinations.

Kohli continued: "Waiting for bowlers and bowling coach to have a look at the wicket. We will have to figure out how much the wicket will break down, if we need the third spinner or third seamer throughout the game.

"You can expect a high-scoring game."