Long home season will help team retain No 1 ranking: Kohli
Having reclaimed the world No 1 spot in the ICC Test rankings, a beaming Indian captain Virat Kohli said on Monday that the team has a good chance of holding onto the numero uno position given the long home season. India dislodged Pakistan from the top following their 178-run win over New Zealand at Eden Gardens, which gave them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
"Our objective is to keep playing consistent cricket, having rankings and getting to number one and dropping it is not in our hands, but with this long season, it's in our control in my opinion," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
The India skipper also had some words of appreciation for the Eden Gardens pitch. "Lovely Test match, a brilliant Test wicket, apart from the variable bounce here and there, it will get better and better," he said.
New Zealand's stand-in skipper Ross Taylor also lauded the wicket, saying the team did not expect it. "Very impressive, the way the bowlers got stuck in hot, humid conditions, we put India under pressure, but credit to them for withstanding it with Saha contributing in both innings," Taylor said. "To be honest, we thought the pitch would be different. A good cricket wicket, it's just been relaid, and is going to get better and better."
"I guess anytime you have a 112-run deficit, you're always under pressure. We got some early wickets, but the partnership between Saha and Rohit took it away from us. I thought Tom Latham was outstanding today," he added.