India skipper Virat Kohli proposed doubling the points for a team that secures an away win in the ICC World Test Championship, he revealed in the pre-match press address before the second game on Wednesday. Virat Kohli was answering a reporter's query about the World Test Championship and he said that the tournament had already made the longer format of the game more exciting. India will take on South Africa in the second Test game at Pune after beating them by a mammoth margin of 203 runs in the first game at Vishakapatnam. India are currently at the top of the table in the World Test Championships after they got a 40 points extension post their win at Vizag.
Virat Kohli hailed the ICCC World Test Championship and said that the importance of each game has increased. Elaborating further, Virat Kohli said that under normal circumstances, the teams would try to draw the game in a three-match series, however, the teams now look to go for wins and get the extra points. Virat Kohli said that the matches were getting more interesting, the standards of the Test games were increasing and that the team has to extremely professional. Virat Kohli said that he would have wanted to see the teams winning away games to get double the points and said that he would have done so if it was left to him. However, the skipper said that so far the Test Championship edition was good and that further changes to it can be made only after the first edition is complete.
Virat Kohli opined that the Indian team was continuously looking for solutions, rather than make excuses. He cited this as the reason for winning many Tests. The Indian skipper revealed that the players worked very hard on their game, despite playing at home. He emphasized that the team refrained from focusing on the conditions and instead, concentrated on winning every game.
“But we are a team that looks for answers and not excuses. So maybe that’s the reason why we keep improving and we have been winning so many Test matches. We don’t take anything for granted for sure. We can very well be losing 4-5 wickets in a session, so we know that as well as a team. And we work pretty hard on our game also, even though we play in our home conditions. I think the mindset is key for us. And that’s to win every game that we play and not to focus on what the conditions are,” Virat Kohli stated.