India vs England: Virat Kohli explains his decision to bench Kuldeep Yadav at Chennai Test

India suffered their first home loss in four years after England won the Chennai Test by 227 races on Tuesday.

India, who surrendered a 420-point goal to win but at bat for a draw, were knocked out for 192 half an hour before tea.

According to Indian captain Virat Kohli, the Indian stick succumbed to the pressure of the scoreboard in the opening rounds, giving the visitors the advantage. Kohli also defended the decision to play left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem instead of a more experienced Kuldeep Yadav.

Stating that he has no regrets about the selection, Kohli said: “I think Test probably changed in their favor when we knocked in the first innings.”

“We were looking to beat better, but I don’t think we have enough applications shown as a batting unit,” Kohli said at the post-game press conference.

“Even if someone got a hundred in either end, we were still quite late in the game. There is no one way to play the game and we understand that very well and our effort in future games will be long partnerships, ”Kohli said.

Explaining why Kuldeep wasn’t in the game XI, he said, “… when you play two non-spinners, Kuldeep becomes more or less a similar type of spinner (bringing him into the right-handed). So we needed variety. We have been very clear on which combination we want to play, and there are no regrets.

However, he hinted that management may rework the combination in the coming games. The second test is also scheduled here from February 13.

“In the future, we will be looking at combinations, which give us variety in the bowling attack and not (being) one-dimensional, where the ball just turns away from the bat.

When asked if the England team, which had just won a series in Sri Lanka, were better prepared than India, the Indian captain said: “You could say they are well prepared, but to say that they are better prepared than we are in our own conditions is not an accurate assessment, ”said Kohli, who is known for his clear speech, as he saw it.

“This is something that was said when Australia won the first Test (in Pune) in 2017. So look, we don’t jump guns or draw conclusions too early as a side. What is said outside, what is perceived and discussed does not bother us at all. We never really focused on this and we won’t do it as a team, ”Kohli added.

On the question of Ajinkya Rahane’s form, the captain backed his deputy and made a firm statement when he said, “Look, I got fired too. If you try to dig something you’re not going to get it because there is nothing. Ajinkya, I have said this several times in the past as well.

“With (Chetshwar) Pujara he is our most important test hitter and he continues to be as we believe in his abilities and he is an impact player,” his deputy vehemently argued.

“If you’re talking about MCG Test, he got up and scored a hundred when the team wanted him the most. You can look at the number of innings and what happens from there, the reality is we won the series in Australia. “

(With PTI inputs)

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