After winning the third Test at Trent Bridge, Virat Kohli feels that the hosts will come highly motivated, going into the fourth Test. “If Nottingham was hard work this is going to be even harder because England would want to come back strong and we understand that. We will have to do even better than we did in Nottingham to be able to get results our way,” said Virat in a press conference on the eve of the fourth Test against England.
India produced an all-round performance in the previous Test to defeat the hosts by 203 runs. While the Indian pace battery comprising Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami along with medium pacer Hardik Pandya were operative in the victory, the Indian captain ruled out the scenario of going in with an all-pace attack for the Southampton Test.
After drawing the first Test and winning the second encounter in the 2014 series, India were defeated in Southampton by 266 runs, eventually losing the series 3-1.
This time, the Indian skipper is calling for his players to capitalise on the momentum they have gathered after victory in the third Test. “The last time around I can’t really pinpoint what we did wrong, maybe England played much better than us or we probably didn’t have the experience to capitalise on the lead. That's how I see things four years down the line.
“Right now we understand that we are in a very exciting position to have gained momentum at the right time in the series and to have played like that when 2-0 down, when everyone thought it was going to be a clean sweep or we were going to get rolled over,” Virat added.
When asked if the batsmen, including him, will have to change their techniques to adapt to the pitch in Southampton, he said, “I don't think there's any need to change the way I've played so far in this series, or other batsmen the way they played in the last game.
“If the wicket is behaving totally different, you have to be flexible adjusting there and not having pre-set notions about going out wanting to play a certain way.
“Apart from the pitch, conditions are going to be a massive factor as well because it's cold for the last couple of days and it's going to remain like that from what I understand. We will have to assess the situation every hour I guess because it can change very rapidly,” he signed off.