India do not need spinning pitches, says Kohli


Virat Kohli says India's performances against England prove they are not a one-dimensional side who can only prosper in spin-friendly conditions.

The hosts sealed victory in the third Test in Mohali by eight wickets on Tuesday, taking a 2-0 series lead with two matches remaining.

Before the series, India were expected to dominate on what are traditionally turning wickets, but after an opening draw their two victories have come on pitches which have not spun or deteriorated as expected.

In Mohali, India recovered from losing the toss, bowling England out for 283 before gaining a first-innings lead of 134 and going on to seal a comfortable triumph.

"I think it's exactly been 12 months about us playing on unfair pitches and the question has turned itself," Kohli said.

"So we don't need to say much about the pitches. We are a team that is focused on playing good cricket to win sessions and situations, or if we are in trouble come back out of those tough situations.

"I think the first two days of the game is exactly what the team wants to do as a Test team.

"When you are put in trouble after losing the toss on a good wicket, the bowlers stand up. Then on day two, you are 156-5 and then your lower order steps up.

"It was a perfectly good wicket for cricket. It was a wicket where if you persisted long enough you get the results that you want. And I felt that we did that pretty well to get the result our way.

"Even when we played in Kolkata earlier this year [in a win over New Zealand] we showed that we are not a side that wants square turners.

"We have enough skill to play good cricket and win against any team and that's the kind of belief we have created in the change room and that can only happen when you are not worried about what's happening outside that door. You focus on your skills and strengths and move along."

Kohli also had praise for Parthiv Patel, the wicket-keeper batsman making 42 and an unbeaten 67 at the top of the order in place of KL Rahul, and the captain says he and the selectors will consider their options for the fourth Test starting in Mumbai on December 8, with regular stumper Wriddhiman Saha also in contention.

"You never know, there are all kinds of possibilities," Kohli said. "The way he approached both innings, it was amazing to see. That's where experience from the first-class level comes into play.

"He's someone who's played [for India] at a very early age and he's come back and the intent he showed in both innings, I think, just deflated the opposition.

"Credit to him to go out there and counterattack and take on their seamers. You never know. We'll see what happens in the next few days. We'll take a call accordingly."