Thursday, 23 November 2017 - 16:34
"India forced to play in green wickets" - Kohli


A packed international calendar has left India with 'no choice' but to get into a "game situation" for the upcoming South Africa tour by playing on seam-friendly pitches in the ongoing home Tests against Sri Lanka, according to Virat Kohli.
The series against Sri Lanka, which also includes three ODIs and three T20Is, ends on December 24, 12 days before the first Test against South Africa in Cape Town.
This only gives India time to play one two-day warm-up match, on December 30 and 31 in Paarl.
The second Test between Sri Lanka and India will be played at Nagpur from tomorrow (24) and that pitch is too expected to be a green track.
The first Test played at Kolkata ended in a dramatic draw and India sensed victory there after taking 7 Sri Lankan wickets for 75 runs.
On the fifth day in Kolkata, India's charge to an unlikely victory was halted by bad light but also held up on occasion by Sri Lanka's delaying tactics.
The Indian players accused Niroshan Dickwella, was particularly adept, stopping Mohammed Shami in his run-up on a couple of occasions, and exchanging words with him.
Asked about this, Kohli said he liked his competitiveness.
"I like to see that character," he said. "He is someone who takes a lot of pride in his cricket. Impressed with what I have seen so far from the last series as well. He has got great ability to do something very special for Sri Lankan cricket.
"I like to see that competitiveness on the field. In the heat of things, I will do anything for my team to win. Afterwards, we had a normal chat, and on the flight as well. Those things end on the field. When you are competing as an opponent, we always respect that about any opponent. He is a very feisty character and that works for his game. Credit for him for maintaining that and I am sure he will do many good things in Sri Lankan cricket."
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