With the third Test starting Saturday, Kohli, on the eve of the match stated that the team’s complete focus now lies on what to do at Trent Bridge and the only option they have is to win.
With the third Test starting Saturday, Kohli, on the eve of the match stated that the team’s complete focus now lies on what to do at Trent Bridge and the only option they have is to win.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli admitted to the fact that it is now or never for his team heading in to the third Test against England at Trent Bridge. With the third Test starting Saturday, Kohli, on the eve of the match stated that the team’s complete focus now lies on what to do at Trent Bridge and the only option they have is to win.

After losses at Edgbaston and Lord’s, India need at least a draw to keep themselves alive in the series.

“The only conversation we’ve had is that the only option is to win this game and nothing else,” said Kohli in the pre-match presser adding, “You need to show that in your body language, in your intent and the way you prepare for the game, the way you go out and the way you go about things.”

Kohli was the standout batsman for his team in the first Test scoring 149 and 51, but in the second Test the Indian batsmen surrendered meekly to England’s pace attack. With their backs to the wall, Kohli called for the players to step up.

“The batsmen will have to take responsibility and get the runs on the board. If you don’t pick 20 wickets, as I said in the past, you can score as many runs as you want. If you look at it from another point of view, it’s actually a good situation to be in because you literally have no room for thinking about anything else apart from what the team requires at that particular moment from you throughout the course of the Test match.

“As I have mentioned in the past, it is up to the individuals to stand up and say I’m going to go out there and make a difference,” said the skipper, who also revealed that his 100 per cent fit for the third Test.

Kohli hinted that fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, who is back to full fitness, may be added to the playing XI.

“We are very excited he’s (Bumrah) coming back. He’s obviously a quality bowler and it’s great to have someone like that in the park,”said Kohli.

With the likes of Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and Dinesh Karthik repeatedly failing to deliver, question are being raised about their place in the squad; but Kohli categorically denied that the players feeling insecure about their place, equating the whole situation to making mountains out of molehills.

“These are just things that are created on the outside and people like to make a lot of nothing basically. For us the priority is to win games of cricket. We are not thinking whether someone’s career is on the line or what’s going to happen to their future. We are already asking the guys to think of something that’s beyond anyone’s control. When it’s your time, it’s your time. Everyone had had their time in the past. No one can play forever. We need to focus on this Test match and not think about whether someone’s career is on the line. It’s quite bizarre thought to have,” he added.