Indian team coach Anil Kumble on Monday praised Test skipper Virat Kohli’s aggressive game, saying he also used to be aggressive in his playing days. The coach also played down the fears about R Ashwin’s fitness and said the blow suffered by the off-spinner during practice was not serious.
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“I love his aggression. I was no different. I was also aggressive. Very different in terms of the way we probably came across on the field. You do not want to curb someone’s aggression. I will be the last person to curb anyone’s natural instincts. But, of course, we all know how important it is to be a part of the Indian cricket team and the ambassadors of India. There is a thin line and I am sure everybody in the team knows that,” said Kumble.
I love his aggression. I was no different.
Anil Kumble on Kohli
The coach also allayed fears about the fitness of R Ashwin, who suffered a blow off Mohammed Shami during the practice on Monday morning, by saying that it was just a bruise.
“It’s a bruise. We will determine how it seems in the next one hour. It just happened, but it doesn’t look too serious,” said Kumble.
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“The camp was really good, four days we practiced in the nets and two days we did match simulation. It was very realistic practices and Anil
Kohli also opened up about the team bonding session they had yesterday and said that it was important to have sessions like those to build camaraderie in the team.
“We had a team activity yesterday evening. It was a surprise from Anil
"I enjoyed it a lot, I am sure everyone enjoyed it. Dhoni
The Indian skipper also confirmed that Wriddhiman Saha will remain the first-choice wicket-keeper for the tour and KL Rahul will only come into consideration for the wicket-keeping role in the case of an injury to Saha.
“When Rahul has played in the past he has played well. He has usually come and replaced players who have been out of form. Having said that, Saha is our first-choice keeper because he is a specialist. KL is good (as a keeper) and he will be useful if Saha is injured, but the preference is for the specialist,” said the 27-year-old.
The first Test of the four-match series is scheduled to start on July 21 and India will have two opportunities to acclimatize with the conditions with two warm-up games scheduled to take place before the first game.