It was a hard fought test match at Perth but in the end, on a green top- it might just be a spinner who made most of the difference. No, it did not rhyme if you thought it will but neither did Nathan Lyon and Perth.
Surprisingly, India decided to go in with an all-out pace attack and Australia kept their faith in Lyon. Which year are we in again? To Be fair to Virat Kohli- Ravichandran Ashwin was indeed unfit but yes- They did have Ravindra Jadeja in the wings. Considering Lyon picked up 8 wickets in the entire game, many believed that India should have also played a spinner and Captain Kohli got it completely wrong in that aspect.
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Having said that- Virat Kohli is not one of those who gives any excuses. He never did! He takes it up his chin and that’s exactly what makes him a great man. When asked about his thoughts in a post-match press conference Virat Kohli stated, ” When we looked at the pitch we didn’t think about (playing Jadeja) but I thought Nathan bowled really well. We never thought we wanted to consider a spinner, thought four fast bowlers would be enough”.
While he did not directly admit that he was completely wrong which he might not be either, to be honest- )What if Umesh Yadav got 6 wickets), his statement did suggest that he admitted to a possibility of misreading the pitch a bit. Other than that, Virat Kohli was looking forward to the ‘Boxing Day’ test and expected his team to not just play well with patches but keep fighting it out all the time instead! What is the opening combination going to be like? Well- Mayank Aggarwal might have to wait a bit more as Kohli hinted that they might just go in with the same opening combination of Murali Vijay and KL Rahul. As sad as it might sound- This is how it might be!
As far as his wonderful century was concerned, the Indian Captain refused to talk about it considering his team did not win and termed his century as ‘irrelevant’ considering his team did not win the game.