We have bowlers to exploit England’s weaknesses if Motera pitch aids pacers: Virat Kohli

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KEY STORY

  • Backing Ishant Sharma & Co’ to trouble England batsmen if Motera pitch offers assistance to the seamers, Indian captain Virat Kohli said the hosts have the bowlers who can exploit Joe Root & Co’s weaknesses in the upcoming pink-ball Test.
  • The third Test of the ongoing series will be played at the newly-renovated Motera Stadium and it will be a day-night contest.
  • On a rank-turner in Chennai in the second Test, India dominated the proceedings from the start as R Ashwin and Axar Patel ran riot against England to help India record a big win by 317 runs and level the series 1-1.
  • However, the new pitch at Motera Stadium is expected to aid pacers after pictures shared by the BCCI showed a large green covering on the track.
  • Ahead of the third Test which is going to be a crucial encounter for both sides with the battle for a spot in the final of the World Test Championship intensifying, Kohli has made it clear that even in seam-friendly conditions, India will be looking forward to giving a tough time to the hosts.
  • “We are focused on our strengths as a team. There are weaknesses in the opposition as well and we have the bowlers to exploit those weaknesses. If the conditions are going to be seamer-friendly, then it’s going to be a challenge for them too,” Kohli said in a virtual press conference on Tuesday.
  • There has been a lot of talk about what kind of a pitch might be on offer at the Motera Stadium with reports suggesting that it might be another rank-turner as India are looking to take maximum advantage of home conditions.
  • However, the pink ball will assist the pacers as the game progresses and they will pose serious challenges for the batsmen.

CONCLUSION

  • After losing the series-opener in Chennai by 227 runs, India bounced back to winning ways at the same venue and levelled the series 1-1.
  • The action will now shift to the Motera Stadium – which is the largest cricket stadium in the world. It will be India’s second pink-ball Test at home and third overall.
  • The hosts have so far won one and lost one of their two day-night Test matches.

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