first_imgVirat Kohli has hinted left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav will play the third and final Test against Sri Lanka starting in Kandy from Saturday.Kuldeep will replace Ravindra Jadeja, who will serve a one-Test ban after collecting more demerit points in Colombo, where he was named man-of-the-match.Kuldeep had made an impressive Test debut in Dharamsala, picking a four-for to destroy Australia’s first innings and setting up a series-deciding win for India. The 22-year-old was later picked for the ODIs against West Indies and returned with eight wickets from five matches.Not surprisingly then, Kuldeep has plenty of support from his captain and has a good chance of playing his second Test despite the presence of Axar Patel, who was called in after Jadeja’s suspension.”He (Kuldeep) believes in his own ability and believes in deceiving the batsmen with the skill that he has. I think that’s his biggest quality. He has proven himself in Dharamsala, which was not such a spin-friendly wicket and it was quite flat in the first 2-3 days of the Test match,” Kohli said in the pre-match press conference.”A chinaman bowler is always something which is an x- factor in a team and I would say his confidence is his USP. He has a great chance of playing tomorrow and I wish him all the best,” he added.The 28-year-old India captain was also impressed with the attitude of the younger brigade coming in. The likes of KL Rahul, Kuldeep, Jayant Yadav and Karun Nair have grabbed their chances as soon as they got a look-in.advertisement”Not that we are old but (with) all these young guys coming in, one thing that strikes you about them is their confidence,” he said.India did not practice today but they are on the rampage in the Test team, having won eight successive series since losing to Australia in 204-15. The Indian team is like a well-oiled machine at the moment and has all its bases covered.”We feel comfortable going into the test match even though we did not have a practice today,” he said.CONSISTENCY IN ICC RULESMissing the services Jadeja due to a suspension, captain Kohli urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to be more consistent in implementing rules pertaining to the players’ code of conduct.”I think players have to be much more aware going ahead and just hoping that the guidelines are very similar from now on. Because it shouldn’t vary according to how the situation is looked at,” Kohli said in the pre-match press conference ahead of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka here.”So if it is consistent then I think it is going to be a good going ahead because players will obviously be more aware of how they need to conduct themselves on the field. It will only help the game get better,” he added.World’s No.1 Test bowler and all-rounder Jadeja was handed a one-match suspension for logging six demerit points in the last 24 months. His offences ranged from running on the pitch to throwing the ball dangerously at an opponent.As a result, he would be missing the third and final against Sri Lanka staring here tomorrow.Speaking on the suspension, Kohli said players should understand the ICC’s rules but the governing body should show greater consistency while making such vital decisions.’CLARITY ON RULES’Kohli said with clarity on the rules, the players would be less prone to violating them.”Firstly we need to be very clear on what are the things that fall into it and what are the things that a player needs to keep in his mind while being on the field. Lot of things happen on the field, which in the thick of things or heat of the moment you end up doing,” he explained.”But you don’t know what’s going to cause you one or two or three points. So I think the intent counts nowadays and that’s something that players need to keep in mind. It might be a very small thing but if the intent is to do something bad then obviously that is something that counts against the player,” said Kohli.The series has been pocketed but Kohli ruled out making wholesale changes to the side in the inconsequential match.’NOT TAKING ANYTHING LIGHTLY’India won the first two Tests in Galle and Colombo comfortably and now have a chance to score a rare 3-0 overseas victory.And perhaps keen on clinching a clean-sweep, Kohli said he would like to maintain continuity.advertisement”To play consistent cricket, you need to make sure that players are playing on a regular basis. Those who are preforming and those who are doing well should continue in more games than not and to be a consistent side I think we need to have continuity as well unless the situations where things are not controllable arise,” Kohli said in a pre-match press conference.”So we certainly don’t want to take anything lightly. We want to play the same kind of cricket that we have and hopefully retain the team that played the last game as much as we can. We are certainly not thinking of too many changes at all, especially in this format, because you don’t want to start taking things for granted and lose that momentum,” he added.Kohli rejected suggestions that this could demoralise players, who have not yet got a chance to play.”Managing players who don’t get a chance is also a skill. It is not easy because everyone wants to play and luckily we have such players who are just waiting for opportunities. We don’t have players who are happy to sit out,” Kohli said.”In a team environment everyone knows that only 11 players can play. So in professional sport they understand this aspect. They are intelligent so you don’t get too many of such questions. They understand the dynamics of the team and they make our job easier because their attitude is so good,” he added.The team’s pre-match practice session today was washed out. Even so, the skipper wasn’t too bothered about the playing combination or even how the pitch conditions might have changed in the build-up to the game.The green square was mowed twice today revealing a flatter deck for the Test than anticipated.”…it just happened to rain but the day before that we had a good practice. Also in places like Sri Lanka it is very hot and humid. People sometimes end up doing too much at practice and then maybe you don’t recover for a game.”It might just be a good thing for those who needed more rest especially the bowlers who have massive workload during test matches. For us its more of a positive thing than a hindrance that we didn’t have practice a day before the game because we are in a good zone,” said Kohli.On the pitch, which he has not yet seen, Kohli said it wasn’t much of a concern.”It’s quite a different situation (not looking at pitch a day before the match) but the management has gone to the stadium to have a look. We heard there were some changes to the pitch so they have gone to check how things look at this stage, so we will have more clarity on what we need to go in with,” he said.When asked about the chance to take the series 3-0, the skipper replied, “For us it is about playing another Test match and trying to win another match. We have already won the series but it doesn’t mean that we can afford to be complacent.advertisement”I personally feel that it (thinking about 3-0) is just a distraction that causes people to be over-excited and that causes people to look too far ahead what might be the outcome of this particular game.”(With inputs from PTI)last_img