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PTI, Indore: Virat Kohli is happy that his bowlers have been able to decimate a quality New Zealand side on tracks
which are not exactly rank turners which is an ample testimony that Ravichandran Ashwin and company are capable of winning matches irrespective the surface provided.
“We knew before the series that people will start talking about pitches. We knew pitches will not be dry as monsoon is everywhere and especially in Kolkata, which is a newly-laid wicket. We knew our abilities and we knew we should be good enough to do well on any surface and against any team,” Kohli told mediapersons at the post-match conference.Kohli believes that a right step has been taken in ensuring that bowlers are not overtly dependant on spin friendly tracks.
“That’s the right step we have taken. We believe in our skill and not believe in creating conditions or atmosphere which might suit us partially. We wanted to express ourselves. We finished two games in four days and that gives us a lot of confidence,” said Kohli.
Asked about Harbhajan Singh’s recent tweet that had pitches been as helpful earlier in his career he and Anil Kumble would have grabbed many more wickets, Kohli pointed out the World T20 Cup game (at Nagpur) when the same set of New Zealand spinners had outshone the same set of Indian bowlers.
“Even if it is a turning pitch you have to bowl well. Spin is just not something to happen only off the pitch. It depends on how many revs (revolutions) you give to the ball and the use of the shoulder. When we lost to New Zealand in the World Cup, I quite clearly remember, suddenly their spinners were quality bowlers and we were found out! I don’t see anyone talking about it now.”