Published: Wed, August 02, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Important to make Rahul feel secure - Kohli

Important to make Rahul feel secure - Kohli

The start has been brilliant, a 304-run win in the first Test of the series. However, owing to Rahul arrival in the squad, Mukund unfortunately would have to make his way out of the side. With Mukund falling after just making 12 in the first innings, it looked likely that he, rather than Mukund, would play in the next Test with Rahul. Modern Test cricket can be dour at times, but is never boring. Kohli batted at No. 3, India found themselves at 126 for 5, and perhaps a lesson or two was learnt. Especially in Tests he's a very important player.

KL Rahul missed the first Test in Galle due to an illness, but he has hence returned.

"So we have to be very careful how we treat him, we are watching him very closely and he is getting better by the day", Shastri had said during media interaction ahead of the second Test beginning Thursday.

However, Mukund came back strong thereafter. "It has been hard for him and we all known that", the captain added further.

Shastri, who had backed Kohli's promotion as Team India skipper across formats even when MS Dhoni was still leading the Indian team in ODIs and Twenty20s, has now stated that Kohli will catch up with Dhoni. The faith team management and captain placed in him was all too evident when he got the nod ahead of Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, who had actually enjoyed a fine debut Test against Australia at Dharamsala earlier this year. However, it was only Mukund who was dropped, which was fair for a 21-year-old opener.

"KL has been our established opener". They reckon that conditions in the four sub continental countries are roughly similar and so the real test is when they play in South Africa and New Zealand, England and Australia.

Winning cricket teams, similarly, are usually all alike, bubbling over with that ephemeral thing called team spirit, while losing teams squabble over whose fault it is: captain, coach, selectors, the system. "We'll be able to clarify that then, but yes, according to me, KL will definitely come back into the XI".

Chandimal will replace Gunaratne, who has been ruled out for two months after he fractured his finger. "So, anything can happen in life", Kohli was quoted as saying. "I feel in a situation like this, you need to sit down and think which player has had more impact on the game", Kohli said. He made a 190 that reminded the world, and his own teammates, about how he can change the game quickly - something straight out of Kohli's book on cricket. This is a really good opportunity if Malinda plays, to benefit from Rangana's experience in the middle and the dressing room.

"The dates of the matches have deliberately not been frozen", BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary told reporters. "Honestly, it's a very thin line, it's a very small margin but unfortunately that's how this sport goes sometimes". Not to say that those people are not being backed.

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