We have all the bases covered on this tour, says Virat Kohli after Galle Test win

first_imgThere was a look of satisfaction on Virat Kohli’s face as India comprehensively defeated Sri Lanka in the first Test at Galle to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Chasing a mammoth 550 for victory, Sri Lanka got bowled out for 245 inside three sessions to lose the match by 304 runs.Resuming the second innings on 189/3, captain Kohli brought up his 17th Test hundred and immediately declared India’s innings at 240/3, remaining not out on 103, with a lead of 549 runs early in the first session.Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav then struck before lunch as Sri Lanka reached 85/2 at the first break. Spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja then took over the proceedings and picked up three wickets each to bundle out the hosts in the final session.Kohli reflected on the last match they had played here in Galle which they lost in 2015 and said how this team is more experienced now with all the bases covered this time around.”Last time (2015) we should have won and it was really denting as far as our confidence is concerned. But, this time around it was a very clinical performance. We are a more experienced side now and that’s what is showing in the field,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.”Really happy with the way things have gone and the guys stood up when it mattered the most. All bases were covered nicely. Everyone turned up,” he added.Kohli had a special word of praise for his bowlers for their outstanding performance on a pitch which didn’t offer them much assistance.advertisement”The surface didn’t offer much, that’s why the win is special. Bowlers did well on a track that offered nothing and I think that shows how much hard work the boys put in. Persistent pressure for longer periods always pays off and that’s something I believe in. Last time it was good for bowling and this time it is good for batting,” the 28-year-old said.India will see the return of KL Rahul in the next game which means Abhinav Mukund might have to warm the bench despite scoring a brilliant 81 in the third innings. Having all three openers in form is a good headache to have, reckons Kohli.”One regular opener is not fit right now. I think it is a massive headache (smiles), but a good one to have.”At most, only 3 openers make the squad. It’s good to have guys scoring rather than guys not scoring consistently. I think the guys will understand how the dynamics of the team work,” Kohli said.This was India’s 18th Test win since their last loss to Sri Lanka here in Galle two years ago. Kohli and Co. have played 24 matches since then with 18 wins, one loss and five drawn games.The second Test will be played at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo from August 3rd.last_img