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Sunday, 14 October 2018


Virat Kohli's positive response on Prithvi Shaw and Umesh Yadav ahead of Australia tour

The series against West Indies is done now with a 2-0 result that takes India to a record-equaling ten successive series wins at home. The focus now shifts to Australia and it looks quite likely that the 18-year old opener Prithvi Shaw and the fast bowler who rarely plays overseas, Umesh Yadav are a part of the plan.

Virat Kohli wants to make India's bowling their strength. And he wouldn't mind a batting line-up that can take it to Mitchell Starc and company when the Tests begin in Adelaide. He felt Umesh gave India the pace a bowling attack needs to be effective in those conditions and Shaw, "I don't think any of us were even 10 percent of what he is at 18-19" says the Indian Captain himself.

"Umesh, who became only the third fast bowler to pick up a ten-wicket haul at home, flowed just as freely. Not many people realise but he's a very very talented bowler. He can bowl you unplayable deliveries every now and then. He'll bowl a ball which you feel like you couldn't have done anything else apart from getting out. It's just that he's gaining more confidence about his own game, especially in Test cricket, I think he's come a long way and he understands his bowling really well." said Kohli about Umesh.

The two top-scorers from the series for India were aged 18 and 20 and Kohli took that as a positive as well. "We were looking at the youngsters playing with a lot of freedom. Prithvi was outstanding. Rishabh was really fearless. Areas that they need to work on, they'll obviously be spoken to in that regard. Overall both those guys are really good, solidifying their place in the team and understanding how to play at this level. I know the conditions might not be as challenging as they might get in future. But in Test cricket the first and most important thing is confidence and understanding that you can score runs in Test level. I think from that point of view we're very happy that they've taken their chances so well. Getting Man of the Series [like Prithvi Shaw] in the first series regardless of where we play or how you play, its an outstanding achievement."

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