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Kohli praises pacers for ruling spin track 

Visakhapatnam, October 6

Skipper Virat Kohli hailed India’s pace attack for showing a lot of heart to go through the grind and deliver even on slow, spin-friendly wickets. 

Asked if the Indian pacers are now playing a more significant role in India’s Test victories Kohli said: “It’s all about the attitude. If fast bowlers are going to think that spinners are going to do all the work, then it doesn’t justify their place.”

“They ask for shorter spells so they can give 100 percent,” the captain added. “That’s when you see guys like Shami, Ishant, Jasprit and Umesh doing well. It’s all about wanting to make a play for the team even in conditions that are difficult.”

In the first innings, Ishant Sharma was the sole wicket-taker among the two pacers. However, Shami rattled the opposition in the second innings to earn praise from his captain. “Shami has been a strike bowler in the second innings. All the guys lived up to their strengths. While batting heroes were obvious bowlers had it tougher in this game,” Kohli said. 

Speedster Mohammed Shami hailed the efforts of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja after India defeated South Africa. “Ashwin has a lot of Test cricket experience, and bowled very well in both first and second innings,” Shami said after the match. “When you have great bowlers like Ashwin and Jadeja in the team, the fast bowlers can breathe easy and relax, knowing that they are there.”

Shami also hailed captain Virat Kohli for giving the bowlers freedom to decide the length of their spells. “Virat Kohli as a captain always hears us out and gives us the freedom to follow our strategy during the match,” said the paceman. “He has given us the freedom to take a call on whether we want to bowl five overs or seven overs or more — he says ‘If you have the power, go ahead and bowl’. That’s when we take a call that we will bowl three overs but with full power… That’s the understanding we have. He trusts us, and we trust him,” Shami added. 

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