The third Test between India and England at the newly constructed Motera Stadium could be a special occasion for Virat Kohli. The Pink Ball or Day / Night Test to be held on Wednesday (February 24) will not only be Ishant Sharma’s 100th Test, but a win for India will help Kohli become the most successful Indian captain at home by beating former captain MS Dhoni.
Both Kohli and Dhoni have won 21 matches as captain for India in the longest format at home. Since Dhoni has already retired from international cricket, Captain Kohli was picked as the current wicketkeeper-batsman. Four match test series.
However, Kohli said that such records as a captain do not matter to him. “Records as a captain don’t mean me or any player. This is the responsibility given to me and I am trying to do my best. It has always been like this, and as long as I play the game, it will remain so. These are fickle things that look great from outside, it doesn’t matter to me as a person, ”Kohli said at the virtual pre-match conference on Tuesday (February 23).
“We (MS Dhoni) share a great comrade, and mutual respect is something that you hold dear to your heart. It is always more important than these milestones. My responsibility is to put Team India on top, and whoever joins the team after me applies to that, ”the Indian captain said.
A win is important for India if they hope to reach the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) to be held later this year against New Zealand. After a 317-run win over England in the second Test in Chennai, India have tied the three-match series 1–1. India will have to win the four-match Test series 2–1 or 3–1 to reach the final of the WTC.
Talking about the possibility of making it to the finals of the World Test Championship, Kohli insisted that they would try to win both the Tests, but the next match would be focused on right now.
“You don’t play for those reasons. We are looking to win both games, and this is not a win and the next match is a draw. There is no point in moving too far in the future. Kohli said what other people think , Consider this.
The third Test between India and England will be streamed live on Disney + Hotstar on Wednesday (February 24) from 230 pm.