Virat Kohli said Tuesday's practice will let the team management know if Murali Vijay is fit to play © AFP
Virat Kohli said Tuesday’s practice will let the team management know if Murali Vijay is fit to play © AFP

Test skipper Virat Kohli spoke to the media on the eve of the second Test at Colombo. Kohli said that Stuart Binny’s inclusion will give India an option for an extra third seamer. “Wicket looks pretty different, should be a hard surface. Stuart gives us option for a third seamer if the wicket is helpful. Stuart’s batting is improving. Once he gains confidence, he can become a pretty solid batsman. Right now he is a seaming all-rounder.” Kohli added that his teammates need to be brave and turn into match winners. “Guys need to be brave, individuals who are in positive space turn into match winners. We have discussed that.”

Speaking about Murali Vijay’s form, Kohli said, “Today’s practice important for Vijay, we will know today if he is fit to play. If Murali is keen and wants to play even if he has some discomfort, we have to see that as well.”

Speaking about the previous game, Kohli said, “In the last game, batting didn’t step up in second innings. But I am not worried about any discipline. The boys are in good spirits. Strange thing to explain why we come so close to winning so often and then lose. I think that’s where mental strength comes in. I would like my players to realise themselves what are the team’s expectations. I have mentioned that to them. No need to repeat.”

“We tried something at practice yesterday, batting in pairs, motivating each other, getting singles. Guys loved it. In a partnership, communication is as important as scoring runs,” Kohli was quoted as saying by IBNLive’s Jaspreet Sahni.

“Sangakkara’s farewell may put more pressure on Sri Lanka, and it is not a distraction for us,” he added.