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Virat Kohli hints at three-seamer strategy for 1st Test vs Bangladesh

India fielded three seamers only once in the recent South Africa series. Skipper Virat Kohli hinted the playing XI will have three seamers when they resume Test Championship action in the 1st Test against Bangladesh.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: November 13, 2019 3:45:15 pm
Indian skipper Virat Kohli with pacers Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami in the Pune Test vs South Africa (File Photo/AP)

India skipper Virat Kohli, who will be back at the helm of the team as they start the Test series against Bangladesh in Indore on Thursday, said that the home team is likely to field three seamers in the 1st Test.

Speaking at the venue on Wednesday, Kohli said, “Looking at the pitch, it (playing three seamers) seems to be the option, because of the way Umesh has bowled. Shami obviously has been brilliant. Bumrah is not fit. Ishant, probably, has been our most consistent bowler in the last two years and the big reason for our success in Test cricket is the fact that he keeps bowling in the same areas, which allows others to come in and pick up wickets. Also, he has picked up 4-5 wickets in an innings when he is in the middle of a great spell.”

India fielded three seamers in only one of three Tests in the recent series against South Africa. Speaking about that, Kohli said that Ishant Sharma had been rested for the Ranchi Test because of the conditions on offer.

India had gone in with three pacers – Ishant, Shami and Umesh – in Pune against South Africa, the only time in the series they fielded three fast bowlers. Spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja had played all the three matches.

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Speaking about Ishant, Kohli said, “His experience will always be very handy for the team. The communication (between us) is always very clear, we have played cricket since Under 17 days, and hence, when I go and say something to him he understands where I am coming from.”

(With PTI inputs)

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