The Indian pace spearhead had missed the Brisbane Test due to fitness issues before making a comeback in the first Test against England in Chennai.
Speaking about the decision to rest their No. 1 fast bowler, Virat Kohli said after winning the toss:
“Jasprit Bumrah has been rested for this game. We need to manage workloads as well, understanding how much cricket we have got to play in the next few months. We need to have our players fit and ready. Not take them to the brink of breaking down.”
Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Virat Kohli shared his views on the surface, saying:
“It’s a good wicket. Day 1, it is going to be pretty good for batting. We expect the pitch to slow down and roughen up drastically from Day 2 onwards. It’s a good toss for us to win, get in and put big runs on the board.”
You shouldn’t get shocked or surprised when you get beaten at home: Virat Kohli
England have beaten India in three Tests at home in the last ten years. Asked if it was something to worry about, Virat Kohli pointed out that India have won away in England as well.
“It’s international cricket at the end of the day. You shouldn’t get shocked or surprised when you get beaten at home. Every team is good. It’s important to understand and put things in the right perspective. We need to know that if we play good enough cricket for longer periods of time, then we are a stronger side anywhere in the world. If we can play well away from home, we can definitely do well in our own conditions. But it boils down to mindset. You just cannot arrive at home, and say the teams are going to bundle out just because we are strong at home.”
India made a poor start when Shubman Gill was trapped lbw by Olly Stone for a duck. However, a brisk Rohit Sharma fifty has transmitted the pressure back on the visitors, while Cheteshwar Pujara is beginning to look comfortable as well.