Virat Kohli is “happy” and “excited” about the grass on the pitch at the Perth Stadium ahead of the second Test starting on Friday, 14 December, and said that the current Indian outfit wasn’t “alien to pitches like this”.
There was a time when touring Indians, more used to the low, slow decks of the sub-continent, found the pitches in Perth, and Australia in general, intimidating.
Kohli said those days are long gone. In fact, the Indian captain was excited about unleashing his sizzling pace-attack on the green top.
“We certainly get more excited than nervous looking at lively pitches now,” he said on the eve of the match. “We understand that we have a bowling attack that can bowl the opposition out, as much as they are convinced about their attack.
“We saw the pitch and we were happy to see the grass on it. We wanted it to have even more grass than Adelaide. When you have fast bowlers who are at the peak of their abilities, it is always a great thing to have in the side.”
So confident is Kohli of his pace attack that he said it was now a case of his team’s batsmen stepping up. “For us, as batsmen, it also gives us a lot of motivation and boosts us up that we can put in those match-winning significant batting performances because we have so much belief in our bowling unit right now,” he said.
Despite that, however, Kohli said Australia would pose a significant threat. “Obviously, Australia is going to be a strong team in their home conditions and on a wicket like Perth, which probably offers you more than most other pitches in Australia,” he said. “But we have an equal chance.
“As a team, you feel you have the most chances of winning when you know you can pick all 20 wickets on the surface.
India lead the four-match Test series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Adelaide by 31 runs.