Kohli welcomes bouncy Sabina pitch


India star Virat Kohli has no fears about a fast and bouncy wicket in Kingston for the second Test against West Indies.

Kohli made a double-century in the series opener as India crushed their hosts by an innings and 92 runs in Antigua.

But a pace-friendly wicket is expected at Sabina Park, where the Windies could hand a debut to promising teenager Alzarri Joseph.

Kohli welcomed the prospect of a quicker pitch, with the tourists winning their last two Tests against the Windies at the venue, having been winless in the nine prior to that.

"We're not really focused on the opposition too much. We're happy that the wicket is going to have much more bounce and carry," he told a news conference on Friday.

"There was decent enough bounce in Antigua for us to exploit whatever help was there in the wicket.

"Jamaica is going to be even better, it's a result-oriented ground, we all know that and we're quite excited about it.

"We have good pace, we're bowling good areas and we'd just like to focus on that and believe our batsmen are good enough to tackle any sort of pace and bounce that the West Indies attack has.

"We're not really focused on any particular bowler, the plan is to go out there and play with a determination and the focus we showed in the first game."

Along with Kohli's 200, Ravichandran Ashwin impressed in the first Test, making 113 with the bat before claiming 7-83 with the ball.

It extended an incredible run for the tourists against the Windies, who have not won a Test against India since 2002 - a winless run of 16 matches (seven draws, nine losses).

India will be without Murali Vijay, who has been ruled out due to injury, with KL Rahul his likely replacement.

Windies captain Jason Holder is not so convinced about the wicket, expecting it to eventually be slow.

As for Joseph, who has played just eight first-class matches, Holder said: "I have never played against Alzarri, I've never seen him play cricket live, but I've seen him play cricket on TV.

"There's obviously been a lot of talk going behind him. He has talent, he has the ability, he has pace. I support him fully. He's done what he's done to get here."