IND vs ENG: Virat Kohli spoke with the media on the eve of the first Test in Chennai.© BCCI
Virat Kohli is back as captain of the Indian cricket team and the equation between himself and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, who led India to a historic series win in Australia, is based on trust and mutual respect, said Kohli on the eve of the first Test against England. He also revealed that Rishabh Pant will take the gloves in the first Test against England. “Things are very different from outside compared to what happens inside the dressing room. Not just between me and him (Rahane) but the whole team, camaraderie is based on trust. It was amazing to see how he led the team to win in Australia. It’s the mutual respect, bonding, on and off the field. The partnership will remain the same as ever.”
On Pant starting in the Chennai Test, Kohli said: “Rishabh will take the gloves tomorrow. He has come along very nicely. He wasn’t part of white ball formats, but kept putting in the hard yards. We have backed him quite a lot and for good reason – something you saw in Australia. He is someone opposition will be wary of the future.”
With Kohli returning to the team and India returning home from Australia, the combination is likely to change as well.’ With more assistance for spinners at home, players like Kuldeep Yadav are likely to come back in the team as well.
“It’s a delicate balance that we have. Kuldeep hasn’t had much of game time. NZ conditions not suited for playing three spinners, something he understood,” Kohli said.
“Now in home season, he comes into the picture. These guys are young and once they realise that they are the ones going to take the team forward in future.”
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