It was very frustrating, says Virat Kohli after washout in Bengaluru

Posted By: PTI

Bengaluru, Nov 18: India captain Virat Kohli today expressed his disappointment at not getting any play for the last four days despite bowling out South Africa for 214 on the first day of the second Test.

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"It was very disappointing. The second and third day's play being called off was very frustrating as we had a very good first day. Toughest part is to set up a Test match and build it from there on. We were on course to do that, to get control and capitalise on it.

Virat Kohli kicks a ball as he plays football with team-mated during a rain break in Bengaluru

"But as the weather turned out to be such, that we had no control over next four days," the sadness was writ large on Kohli's face as he spoke to media at the post-match conference.

"Whether you have momentum or not, it is always annoying for any side to come to ground and have no play. The motive is to play positive cricket. To have a result in day and half was unrealistic but we thought that if we could get the fourth and fifth day, may be we could bat the fourth day and try and put pressure on them on the fifth day.

"We bowled the No 1 Test side out under 3 sessions on a decent batting track with no demons for sure. Thinking about weather can put you off but guys were in the zone."

Kohli said that not much can be done about matches which are affected by inclement weather as logic of having reserve days does not hold good.

"I think in a Test match, if you lose four days, it will not be any good to have an extra reserve day. May be if we had lost one or two days, you can bring in a change which makes sense. But if you have lost four days, then reserve day is of no logic. I don't know what can be the solution," he said.

"If you have rule, then it should be like, the number of days lost should be compensated but then it would mean losing four days turns this into a 9-day Test match, which is unrealistic. I don't think there would be any change as it had remained as it has been for years. You have to take it in your stride."


Story first published: Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 14:10 [IST]
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