Indian cricket team under the leadership of Virat Kohli has scaled new heights in all aspects of the games. The change has started with India’s fielding improvements over the years to see the effects of fitness. Even the Indian bowlers are fitter and the running between wickets has improved dramatically and is now among the best in the world. All the praise for all of this goes to Kohli and his mentality.
Indian cricket team won the third and final Test by an innings and 202 runs in Ranchi and winning the series 3-0 vs South Africa. India has maintained its position at the top of the table of the International Cricket Council’s World Test Championship. The Men In blue has earned 120 points with each Test for 40. ICC had issued a statement saying that “The points range from 60 points for each match of a two-Test series to 24 for each match of a five-Test series.”
Team India has continued their dream run which they started from their victory of a 2-0 win in the West Indies and are now on 240 points post wresting the maximum in both their series. They will chance to keep the lead in the forthcoming two-Test home series against Bangladesh from November 14.
Post the win, Virat Kohli while interacting with the media and was quoted saying that, “We are happy that we have created a culture where everyone thinks about the team, not about one’s performance,” he remarked. “Because when you think about your performance, you put yourself under pressure, you get desperate. But when you only think about what you can do for the team, it becomes a collective performance. That’s how this performance came about. This dominance wouldn’t have been possible otherwise.”
Indian Test Captain also has a special message for the excellent performance by the bowlers and said that “Everyone has bowled beautifully. It’s not like one bowler has taken eight wickets and nobody else has done anything. Whoever came on to bowl looked capable of taking a wicket every spell. This is possible because they think only about the team —what the team wants, what the team needs at that point in time.”
Also was full of praise for Rohit Sharma and Shahbaz Nadeem. “We were discussing in Vizag how he’ll do as an opener in Vizag because he’s been the best ODI opener in the world for years but opening in Tests is a different ball game. But the way he batted in this series… Because of the pace of his innings, we got a lot of time to bowl the opposition out twice despite losing hours to the weather. It was a tremendous show from Rohit.”
Sri Lanka and New Zealand sharing the 60 points each in the table after drawing their two-match series 1-1. On the other hand, England and Australia are on 56 each after their five-match Ashes series which concluded 2-2. The top two teams at the end of the league will play the final in the UK in June 2021 with the winners be given the title of the world Test champions.