India undecided on opening batsman for third Test against Windies, says Virat Kohli

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India undecided on opening batsman for third Test against Windies, says Virat Kohli

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With his century in the second Test against West Indies, KL Rahul has given India a pleasant selection dilemma ahead of the third Test in St. Lucia. Speaking to the media, skipper Virat Kohli refused to confirm the playing XI, giving both Rahul and Murali Vijay a chance to make the XI.

In IPL 2016, KL Rahul was not part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first two games. The Karnataka lad got an opportunity when Mandeep Singh got injured before a match, and he made the most of it by scoring a fifty. He then went on to become one of the consistent performers of the RCB side last season as they ended as runners-up.

Rahul seemed to have done the same again, this time, in India’s whites. After an injury to Murali Vijay, the Karnataka cricketer was included in the playing XI for the second Test, and he made the most of the opportunity by making 158. With Vijay fit and ready, skipper Virat Kohli and the Indian team management have a pleasant selection headache for the third Test.

Cricket is a very uncertain game at times."

Will it be Vijay or Kohli asked a reporter in the post-match press conference, but Virat Kohli played the ball with a straight bat and said, "Cricket is a very uncertain game at times."

"Injuries are not in anyone's hands. Even in the IPL, I remember a game where Mandeep Singh was fit and set to play. While I was at the toss he split his webbing. KL [Rahul] got a chance and he hasn't looked back since. We conveyed to Mandeep that unfortunately it was an injury and nothing can be done about that.

"We need to look at the balance of the side. Good thing is all three openers are playing well. Bad thing is that you can only choose two between three. That is a call we need to take as management. We'll sit down today and do that. These things are not in your control, getting injured when playing well. That's why they say injuries can really upset people and bring them down. The good thing is Vijay has been in a good headspace. He's back to the nets and back to fielding. We'll take a call on that. We still have to discuss that."

The Windies had remarkably saved the second Test by batting out the fifth day, and although Kohli shared his disappointment of not winning, he added that it was satisfying to play in a good contest.

“It turned out to be more challenging on day five (in Jamaica). We know that we had the upper hand throughout. We know that if we had play on day four, we would have probably wrapped up things, the way we were going. The momentum was with us. That's one of the very good examples of how momentum is a massive factor in cricket, in all formats, especially in Test cricket. We saw that with the Test in England as well, Pakistan going really well but one session can change the whole game. That's what momentum does and that can only be attained by playing consistent cricket. We did that over a period of three days, we got the momentum, we were dominating, but you don't have control over the weather and conditions,” said the Indian skipper.

I like swimming and diving. Then, track and field is everyone's most favourite event."

With Olympics going on, a question about the quadrennial event was inevitable. When asked about his favourite discipline in Olympics, Kohli said, "I like swimming and diving. Then, track and field is everyone's most favourite event."

The Delhiite added that the whole Indian team will be following Usain Bolt’s events.

"We're thinking that since we're travelling on 14th (August), we'll miss Bolt's event as he is running that day. But some of my teammates have already have the timings sorted out on what time we would reach the hotel and what time is Bolt's event. They have told us we won't miss it,” Kohli said, before signing off.

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