Kohli wants consistency from team, as India reclaims top ranking
India cannot afford to be complacent and should look to win every match, skipper Virat Kohli said yesterday, even as his side reclaimed the top spot in test rankings.
India romped to a 178-run victory against New Zealand on the fourth day of the second test in Kolkata to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
If India’s seamers Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar played big roles on a seemingly two-paced track at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens, then the batsmen also chipped in at crucial points.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha struck unbeaten half-centuries in both innings against New Zealand’s aggressive seamers to be named man of the match.
The teamwork saw India jump back to the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) test rankings after starting the series just one point behind archrivals Pakistan.
“We just want to win every game we play, it’s as simple as that. It (being number one) doesn’t mean that we take the foot off the pedal in Indore,” Kohli told reporters, referring to the venue for the final test.
“We don’t drop intensity there, we don’t drop our character, our vision to win a test match for the country.”
However Kohli reiterated that rankings were never on his mind, adding the responsibility of taking test cricket to greater heights is what he wanted.