India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli in good head space before the 1st Test that begins from Thursday

Indian skipper Virat Kohli hinted that the team might go in with four bowlers for the first Test against West Indies that begins on Thursday. However, he added that the final decision will be taken on the morning of the match.
India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli in good head space before the 1st Test that begins from ThursdayIndia vs West Indies: Virat Kohli in good head space before the 1st Test that begins from Thursday
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Indian skipper Virat Kohli hinted that the team might go in with four bowlers for the first Test against West Indies that begins on Thursday. However, he added that the final decision will be taken on the morning of the match.

"It's more or less a choice between three quicks and a spinner, or two quicks and two spinners," he said on the eve of the game. "Last time England played here, there was quite a bit of variable bounce so all those factors come into play. We're very flexible and open at the moment about the combination.

"The good thing is everyone looks good, confident of skill sets. It's a comforting thing as a captain to understand that all players are ready and at full fitness and in good headspace as well. So according to conditions, you're able to pick the 11 you want. We're in a good space to take that call. Everyone got a good outing with bat and ball in the warm up match, especially for the guys who came in and hadn't played a lot of cricket on this tour. These tour games are important to have a match situation and execute your skills."

If India do end up playing four bowlers, the side will have to make a decision to either play Rohit Sharma or Hanuma Vihari in the middle order. 

"It depends on the combination we want to go with. Vihari has done really well, since he came in he has gone through two difficult tours," said Kohli. "Rohit has also done well in Melbourne. It all depends on what combinations we want to go with. Vihari also gives a few overs, he's a solid player. Rohit's quality we all know, we've been seeing it for years. It's about who provides the best balance in the XI we want to choose. I'm just happy about guys grabbing the opportunities. As long as there is healthy competition for starting the game or contributing for the team, it's a great thing for Indian cricket. We're all happy about having a problem of plenty."

He was also excited at playing their first game in the World Test Championships, and added that every Test will now have a purpose. 

"It puts things into perspective. A lot of dynamics of what's on the line changes when you have points to gain. When you are working towards something, then every match becomes that much more important. It's going to bring in more competition, requirement of concentration, precise cricket, a lot of discipline. I think the Test championship is going to take the standard of Test cricket higher," he said.

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