After handing out an innings and 372-run drubbing to West Indies, Indian captain Virat Kohli is expecting the visitors to come back harder in the 2nd Test, starting October 12 in Hyderabad.
After handing out an innings and 372-run drubbing to West Indies, Indian captain Virat Kohli is expecting the visitors to come back harder in the 2nd Test, starting October 12 in Hyderabad.

After handing out an innings and 372-run drubbing to West Indies, Indian captain Virat Kohli is expecting the visitors to come back harder in the 2nd Test, starting October 12 in Hyderabad.

“They will try to comeback strong and will come hard at us,” said Kohli during the pre-match press conference in Hyderabad. “ it is a two-match series  and you don’t have much room to do anything apart from making a comeback in the series.”

For India, Kohli said the plan is to be at the of their game and if they find themselves in tough situations, come out of it playing sensible cricket.

“We just simply have to be at the top of our game and make sure we come out of difficult situations by playing sensibly and by understanding the situation,” said the 29-year-old.

Talking about the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, the venue for the 2nd Test, Kohli said that he is expecting a good cricket wicket.

“It is always going to be good cricket wicket in Hyderabad. Because of the weather here, the pitch doesn’t wear and tear so much, there is a decent covering of the pitch ,the surface is always hard. If you bowl well, you can take wickets, if you bat well you can score runs and that’s always been the true nature of this wicket,” said Kohli.

India have played a total of four Tests at Uppal claiming three victories – two of them by an innings margin – while the one was a draw with New Zealand.

After the conference, India announced an unchanged 12-man squad squad as it had done for the Rajkot game. Uncapped pace bowler Shardul Thakur is the 12th man listed, which means that there will be no debut for Mayank Agarwal or Mohammed Siraj or a look-in for Hanuma Vihari.