As India gets ready to play Sri Lanka yet again, Indian Cricket Team Captain Virat Kohli has made it abundantly clear that cricket needs to engage fans and remain competitive.
Speaking at a press conference in Kolkata, venue of India’s first Test against Sri Lanka, Virat Kohli said, “I don’t know that. This analysis has to be done by fans who watch the game because someone watching the game is very different from being involved in the game. For us, there is no rule of complacency or saying that I don’t want to play this game.”
“There is no room for that. We are at our top intensity all the time. This question will be better answered by the fans who watch the game. If there is too much cricket being played or there is a repetition of same series happening or not, for us, as I said, playing cricket for the country and we do what we are presented with. This definitely needs to be taken into consideration because you don’t want the fans going away from the game. We have to maintain a balance of how to engage fans and at the same time how to keep players fresh and keep cricket exciting and competitive cricket going throughout the year,” he added.
Sri Lanka visited India last time in 2009 for a Test series and India has been undefeated in Tests at home since 2012.
But Virat Kohli has also made it clear that his team will not be complacent because they had defeated Sri Lanka earlier in the year.
“Every match you play is important and every series is huge. It’s not like we lose this series and you guys are going to say nothing to us. So, everything is important when you play for the country and we don’t like to differentiate. We simply want to do well as a team,” Kohli said.
“Whatever the conditions we play at, whatever combinations we need to play, we do that accordingly. Keeping in mind that winning is the most important thing and for that everyone is on the same page whether we play in India or away.
“Regardless of the opposition we play and we want to maintain our consistency as a team and that has worked for us because we do not differentiate in terms of where we are playing, how we are playing, what team we are playing against. We just want to play good cricket as a team,” he added.
“The results take care of themselves anywhere in the world. It’s not like in India you can get away by playing bad cricket. The eventual goal is to respect the sport and skill set we have and try to execute that in every situation and every condition we are in,” said Kohli when asked about the preparations for the series.