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1st Test: Virat Kohli caught on stump mike, India's strategy revealed

India Today logo India Today 24-07-2016

Patience is the key for winning Test matches and it seems the young Indian skipper Virat Kohli has learned the trick of the trade.

After declaring their first inning on 566/8 on Day 2 yesterday, India took advantage by reducing the West Indies to 31/1 in 16 overs, with Mohammed Shami getting the early breakthrough in the last session.

Indian bowlers, keeping their good work intact, found success on the morning session of third day to reduce West Indies to 90/3 in 44 overs at lunch still trailing by 476 runs.


Kohli, who was a clearly a happy man going into the break, was caught discussing the team strategy on the stump mike.

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"Reward for patience. Every session two, three wickets and that's it," a jubilant Kohli said after the first session went in India's favour.

The Indian skipper gave short spells to his bowlers to unsettle the West Indian batsmen and the visitors reaped its rewards.


Even former India captain Sunil Gavaskar was impressed with Kohli's strategy.

"Kohli is trying to mix between seamers and spinners. He is looking to give leg-spinner Amit Mishra long spells. Kohli is not letting the batsmen settle," Gavaskar said after the morning session.

India's first success on the day came in the form Devendra Bishoo when the nightwatchman was stumped by Wriddhiman Saha off Amit Mishra. Bishoo, who scored 12 off 46 deliveries, put on a 38-run stand with opener Kraigg Brathwaite for the second wicket. 

Almost 10 overs later, Shami struck again to remove the danger-man Darren Bravo, who edged a rising ball to keeper Saha and walked back for 11 off 33.

With three wickets in bag, India will now look to push for more and dominate the West Indian batsmen in the next two sessions.

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