The Indian team has arrived in South Africa to play a month long tour starting from 5th January. According to the schedule, they were about to play a practice match of two days but in the end the team cancelled it.
When asked what was the reason behind it, Kohli said: “If you look at the wicket which we’re playing on right now, it’s not even 15 percent of what we’re going to get in the game. We understand that. There’s no point wasting two days (with) guys going and scoring quick fifties and coming out. We rather have them do two sessions like today, get into the Test match zone, test ourselves. We can try and prepare the wickets the way we want to. In a two-day game there’s no room for changing the wicket at different times of the day.”
The Indian skipper also said he is really to take on the challenge: We come to South Africa knowing that the wickets are going to be different from back home. Even the last time when we’ve played there was talk about we getting bounced out and we’re going to struggle against the short ball. But I think our batsmen stood up really nicely.
He added: “If you remember, clearly on Day 1 of the Jo’burg Test we put up a great fight, we handled their bowlers pretty well and we made them work hard. We almost won that Test, it ended up being a draw. So, we are prepared as to what we’re going to get here and we’re not under any delusions as to what we’re going to be presented with, come fifth of January.”
Kohli when asked about his comparison with Proteas batsman AB de Villiers: “I don’t know, it’s not like only two guys are playing in this series. AB is a great friend of mine, I respect the way he plays the game and I’ve always respected him as a person as well. But when you’re playing against each other, not that we cross the line with each other – we’re just not like that with each other, we can’t – it’s just about wanting to get AB out and I’m sure the opposition would want the same when I play or Rahane plays or Pujara plays as well.”