COLOMBO: Virat Kohli doesn’t believe in set patterns. As a matter of fact, he wants to break free from any, if it exists, and make Team India an unpredictable side in world cricket.
“We can be lethal if we can use the talent we have at our disposal and become an unpredictable side. Teams will find it difficult (to break us down) and we’ll always stay ahead of the game,” he said after leading India to a 5-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka in the ODI series that concluded here on Sunday night. “We don’t want to be predictable for sure – at least till the lead up to the 2019 World Cup,” he added.
It is with this objective that certain experimentations were carried out in the series. Kohli, however, admitted that not the moves paid dividends. “Some guys will perform and some won’t. But that’s not alarming. We’ll keep doing these things in future too -at least till the World Cup,” he stated.
Stressing on the importance of maintaining transparency during this experimental stage, the skipper explained the rationale behind rotating players even after some of them have performed well.
“We’ve explained to the boys that this bunch of 20-25 people should make the probables list for the next World Cup and everyone will get equal opportunities at different stages. We will have to keep trying different players in order to arrive at the best combination for us. And that combination needs to be given a decent run before the World Cup,” he said.”It is not about who is sitting out and who is playing, but it is about focusing on a very big tournament. In that scenario people will have to accept roles assigned to them,” he added.
Asked whether he, as captain, is finding it difficult to handle the balancing act, Kohli said: “The best thing about this team is that the players are very sporting and ready accept challenges. Rather than get disappointed and sulk, they start working hard on the aspects of their game that needs improvement and make things happen for the team.”