Indian Cricket Team doesn't align with inappropriate views: Virat Kohli
By Cricnwin Staff
India captain Virat Kohli has come down hard on KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya, saying their comments on the talk show ‘Koffee With Karan’ weren’t acceptable and the team does not support such views.
Pandya’s comments, in particular, came in for criticism and raised concerns over the team culture. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) issued the players a show-cause notice to which Pandya responded with an apology to the board.
Speaking ahead of the Saturday’s ODI against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Kohli said: "We, definitely, as the Indian cricket team do not support views like that and that has been communicated. I can definitely say that we definitely don't align with those views and those are purely individual views.”
Asked about their availability for the three-match series, Kohli said it depends on the BCCI’s verdict on the duo.
“Whatever has happened is unfortunate, but there are certain things which are out of your control. And certain things about which you have to watch out how they unfold.
"We are still waiting for a decision to be made but from the team’s point of view, this changes nothing in terms of our beliefs in the change room. It does nothing to the spirit that we've been able to create within the change room and these are purely individual opinions and something as I said which is inappropriate.
“We have already played in India against the West Indies with a finger spinner and a wrist spinner. Jadeja can come in and fill the role of an all rounder beautifully. So we are not worried that much about the combinations gave the bench strength we have.”
Kohli said the series presents an opportunity to look at backup fast bowlers for Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah for the 10-team event in England, starting May 30.
“Bumrah’s case as I said is the workload. What’s exciting is that Bhuvi is coming back into the scenario. He’s been working hard during the Tests. Obviously, there was no room for him to be featured in the XI, purely because of the strength of the bowling attack together.
“Khaleel has done well when given the opportunities but this is going to be a different challenge.
He’s played a few games and he has gained confidence from them
“Shami has the skill to provide you breakthroughs with the new ball. So he has a chance to establish himself as a member of the pace quartet for the World Cup squad. So those places are up for grabs.
“Siraj comes in as well. So we are looking, apart from Bhuvi and Bumrah are the 2-3 guys we can bank on. These games will provide opportunities for those guys to firstly present their case strongly and secondly gain confidence from playing these games. It's a great opportunity for these guys to step in and seal the opportunity for themselves.”