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Virat Kohli wants the focus of the Australian team

Virat termed the victory in Bengaluru as the sweetest one

By Nilabh Aole -

Indian captain Virat Kohli has termed the victory against Australia in as the "sweetest" of his 16 Test wins as skipper. India defeated the team from down under by 75 runs after been bundled out for 189 on the first day at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

During the post-match press conference, Kohli said, "Till now, this is the best one definitely. It was a quite emotional game for us, quite draining as well. Everyone got along together, we showed team spirit."

Kohli also commented on Nathan Lyon's comment, "cutting off the head of a snake and then hopefully the body will fall away". He said, "A lot of people were talking about the head of the snake, but I think the snake did pretty well by itself, so it's not just about one individual. I'm pretty happy if they keep focusing on the head of the snake, and the snake can sting from a lot of directions."

Indian team made a strong comeback on Day 2 of the Test as they took six wickets and only conceded 197 runs and slow down the momentum of the Australian team which built on the first day. Indian skipper was pretty impressed with his bowlers as he said, "I think the first session on day two where we gave away only 45-odd runs [47 runs] and picked up two wickets when they could have taken the game away from us."

He also added, "Someone has to step up and do the job for you. I think Jadeja was outstanding in the first innings along with our fast bowlers. Their spell again was very, very good, relentless pressure from one end by the pacers and then Jadeja picking up those wickets later on."

Indian opener, KL Rahul was rewarded as the Player of the match for scoring fifties in both the innings. Praising him, Kohli said, "I think the last three innings have been his best three innings so far. I think he's in a very good zone. He wants to convert his own starts into big hundreds, which he has done in the past, but because it has been a bit difficult in the past with momentum not going our way, I think he's stuck in really well. Hats off to the way he's played."

Talking about the extra batsman in the line-up, Virat said, "We knew that we had to play an extra batter just to strengthen up our batting a bit because we were shaken up in Pune a little.  So when you put runs on the board in either innings, then obviously it helps the bowlers to come and put pressure on the batsmen. I think this was the kind of game we needed to sort of forget that hiccup in Pune. Yeah, the spinners have been outstanding and they will definitely look to back their strengths and dominate the home season as they've done so far."

Virat concluded by predicting the pitch conditions of the third Test in Ranchi, he said, "We can't do much about the Ranchi pitch, you know how it has always been. It has always been slow and low, they know exactly what to expect there and we know what to expect as well. It's how you mentally prepare, mentally what kind of zone you're in as a team."

Nilabh Aole

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