Thakur's injury will not make India weaker



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Thakur's injury will not make India weaker

Virat Kohli had to experiment with the players after Shardul Thaku experienced myofascial strain on his left hamstring. Yet Kohli believes his team has good enough players "The good thing is Jadeja has got runs in the first game already so he'll go into the second game confident.

That already makes our batting bit deeper," Kohli said on the eve of the game on Wednesday (August 11), as quoted by cricbuzz "The lower-order contributed with the bat as well. Yes, Shardul brings in more batting ability but having said that, from the batsmen's point of view we are well placed because [Cheteshwar] Pujara, Jinks [Ajinkya Rahane] and myself ...

we did not score too many. He believes that injuries to some players can affect, but that there are still good substitutes who can do the job well "Every game is an opportunity for the other batters to step up as well.

Rohit [Sharma] and KL [Rahul] played really well. We are very comfortable where we are placed as a batting unit and we don't feel we might be a batsman short if Shardul doesn't play." "For us, it's about yes, finding that perfect balance, but if someone like Shardul is not available, then we'll definitely first think about how to pick up 20 wickets and not try to plug in another guy who can give us some runs with the bat.

And we'll be very comfortable after how the first Test went." Four fast bowlers He also explained what the Four fast bowlers mean "Four fast bowlers means that you can apply pressure through the day and in every session that you take the field.

And the fourth guy comes in does the job of being very consistent. And we are definitely not going to under-bowl anyone," Kohli said. "In a four-bowler combination, you have to figure on the day which bowlers are most likely to give you breakthroughs and which are going to contain."

"So accordingly you put them in priority and the guy who is more likely to contain then comes in and bowls spells that don't leak runs so the others can come back and get you those breakthroughs again." "So, we definitely like playing in that kind of a template.

We've never felt that whenever we've played four bowlers we've under-bowled anyone, we've actually felt very, very balanced because they are constantly looking to create pressure and take wickets." Kohli shared his impressions after the match "As a team we are not pleased that we lost two points because of factors that are definitely in our control.

We made up quite a few overs at the end, we were short by two overs, but we made up quite a few overs in that second innings," he said. "We basically have to keep up to speed with the pace of the game. Small little things where we can save 10-15 seconds is something that really matters, we practised that in the second innings and we were able to cover up three-odd overs."

"You don't want to be that far behind in the game that you are not able to catch up and cover your overs in time which as you said, the points are very, very crucial."