Kohli: We’re never scared to change the XI
India captain Virat Kohli says he has no problem with changing his team, or the batting order, every Test if he needs to, as he is not a skipper who sticks with an XI for the sake of it.
Kohli was speaking after his side's win against the West Indies in the third Test, taking an unassailable 2-0 series lead heading into the fourth Test on 18 August.
For this game, India brought in Rohit Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar for Cheteshwar Pujara and Umesh Yadav. They did this despite not losing on the tour, and while teams like Australia and England stick with winnig XIs, Kohli feels otherwise.
Kohli said: "Usually if you see very few people like change. This team doesn't think how others would react or what they might say.
"We put out a combination that's best according to the pitch. When I came at No. 3 many people asked why I did it. But I am not fixated by my batting spot.
"If the team needs, I can open the batting too because that's the rule applicable to everyone in the team.
"It's not as if I will stay at No. 4 and others will shuffle their positions. To field a player like Rohit Sharma we had to make him bat at No. 5. To make that happen the other players will go one place up the order. That's what we did.
"In bowling we replaced Umesh [Yadav] with Bhuvi [Bhuvneshwar] because we felt that since the ground is so good it would be easier to maintain the shine on the ball. The pitch was also hard, so there was carry.
"Bhuvi gave us the results, gave us breakthroughs with the second new ball. If you make three changes you might feel that it might to be too strong a reaction.
"But we realised that if we have to seal the series here then we had to make changes according to the conditions.
"We will not wait for another match because you never know if you play one or two bad sessions the series could be levelled. Our idea was that we have to seal the series here."
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