Virat Kohli keen to help Sri Lanka after the tour
Virat Kohli's inputs would be a great addition to the struggling Sri Lanka unit.
Published - Aug 24, 2017 12:58 pm | Updated - Aug 24, 2017 12:58 pm
The Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who is in the middle of a golden run in Sri Lanka, is keen to address the issues of the hosts after the conclusion of their tour. The man himself has come forward and proposed to discuss the things with their coach Nic Pothas. Virat is known to be a wholehearted person and he is once again proving it with this lovely gesture.
Team India won the first ODI at Dambulla comfortably on the back of a scintillating century from Shikhar Dhawan and an attacking 70-ball 82 from the captain. The visitors would look to take a 2-0 lead when they lock horns with the islanders on Thursday in the second of the 5-match ODI series at Pallekele. Sri Lanka needs to put up an improved show to make the contest competitive after the scathing of the fans post the defeat on Sunday.
It is tough when the team is in transition
In the press conference ahead of the second ODI at Kandy, the 28-year-old mentioned about taking the initiative of helping the struggling team.
“We haven’t had any discussions yet. Those things may happen after the competitive zone is over and done with the series. I think that will happen after September 6 if it has to happen from their end, but look it is difficult for any team going through the transition. One thing that we decided to do as a team was take more responsibility and ownership of what we do on the field when playing for the country. We just needed to change our mindset,” the 28-year-old said.
The in-form skipper also highlighted that the Indian team had also been through the transition and said that it is the competitive attitude which the players need to show in this period.
“It didn’t matter if we were playing against a side that has played 60 Tests each if we are mentally more prepared than them then we are in a better position to win. So we decided to put our heads in that zone where experience didn’t matter much for us. It was the fight and competitiveness we were willing to show and the desire to fight for longer periods that helped us get through that phase quicker than what others might have faced,” Virat added.
It remains to be seen if Sri Lanka opts to take the help offered by the Indian skipper.