Just a day before the first T20 International between India and Sri Lanka at Barsapara Stadium Guwahati, India faces a massive injury scare as Captain Virat Kohli hurt his little finger of left hand while attempting a catch in practice session. Virat was attempting to catch the ball as it hit the little finger of his hand, Indian Physio Nitin Patel urgently rushed to him and applied magic spray.
Indian management and fans will hope that the injury is not a massive one as Indian captain is an important cog in Indian batting line up and Indian Cricket team’s upcoming international schedule demands him more than ever as India will play Australia and New Zealand after this series.
Although the status of injury is still unknown. Kohli attended the pre match conference on the eve of the match and stressed on the team work to win big tournament. He said that the whole team need to take collective responsibility and apply themselves according to the situation of the match.
“We need guys who are ready till number six and seven to win you games. It can’t be dependent on two guys or three guys in the batting line-up. You know, that’s not how you win ICC tournaments. So that’s our main focus to reveal situations to guys and expect them to come into their own and become those fearless match winners that we should have going into a big tournament. These next few series is going to be very exciting to see who stands up in pressure situations, how they react when may be Rohit or myself or KL or Shikhar at the top have not fired,” Kohli said.
He also stressed on developing a culture that puts the team first before oneself and we must try to focus on winning situations instead of personal milestones. India has been in phenomenal form in international cricket from a long time. But their unsettled batting unit coupled with some adverse situations did not helped India win any ICC trophy since 2013.
“I think we get involved in the rat race to an extent where we can go into our individual cocoons a lot of the times and that can hamper the team at an important stage. From a very young age, we are always focused on what we did as individuals. Even when we came back from a game, we were invariably asked, what did you do rather than, did the team win? So I think that’s a mind–set change that I see that happening in the last three years at a very big level where they started to appreciate small performances of guys who might have taken a catch or a great run-out in the game and they turned the whole game,” Kohli said stressing on the team culture and mind-set.