Virat Kohli reveals the real reason behind enforcing follow-on in Colombo Test

first_imgVirat Kohli is not a “fan” of enforcing follow-on but in Colombo his decision to ask Sri Lanka bat again helped him become the first Indian skipper to win two Test series in Sri Lanka. India wrapped up the second Test on fourth day to take a 2-0 unbeatable lead in the three-match series.Opt to bat, India declared their first innings at a mammoth 622/9 thanks to twin centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. In reply, Sri Lanka were bundled out for only 183, giving India a massive 439-run lead. India enforced the follow-on.WATCH FULL VIDEOSri Lanka replied strongly with Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis scoring centuries and making India work hard for wickets but Ravindra Jadeja (5/152) struck at regular intervals to bowl out the hosts for 386. Earlier, Ravichnadran Ashwin also picked up a five-wicket haul in Sri Lanka’s first innings.”Well, the way the wicket behaved when Sri Lanka batted first prompted that decision to enforce the follow-on. I’m not a big fan of it, especially when the wicket is breaking down like that. Even 150 in the fourth innings can be tough. You don’t want to leave chances but here, we felt we had enough,” Kohli said at the post match presentation ceremony.Sri Lanka were jolted early but Karunaratne and Mendis put on a solid 191-run stand to keep Sri Lanka in the game.”We are playing Tests at international level and we expect teams to play like (Sri Lanka did). Today, we said, even if we don’t get wickets, we will enjoy the tough times. It improves you as a side. We are happy that we went through the difficult place; helps you not get complacent as a side,” he said.advertisementThe India skipper was all praise for “the best wicketkeeper” Wriddhiman Saha.”Saha is definitely the best keeper in this format right now. He’s very agile and can create chances at any stage,” he added.Kohli also lauded centurions Pujara and Rahane before praising Hardik Pandya and comeback man KL Rahul.”Pujara and Rahane are our best Test players, KL played well too, and Jadeja contributed lower down the order. Pandya contributed too. For us, it’s about taking Indian cricket ahead,” he said.The third Test between India and Sri Lanka will be played in Pallekele from August 12.last_img read more