Skipper Virat Kohli has expressed his displeasure over the hectic schedule of the Indian cricket team which leaves the players with no time to acclimatise before the tour of South Africa. In a bid to accommodate the Sri Lanka series, the BCCI has left the Indian cricket team with very minimal time to prepare for the long series against South Africa.
Though he emphasized the need to assess the schedules in the future, Kohli admitted that the team management specially requested for seamer-friendly wickets for the Sri Lanka series as it was the only way to prepare for the upcoming South Africa tour.
Speaking ahead of the second test against Sri Lanka in Nagpur, Kohli said, “Yes (we requested for the pace-friendly wickets), because unfortunately we get only two days before we fly to South Africa after this series gets over. So we have no choice but be in a game situation and think of what’s coming ahead of us. Had we got a month off ideally, we would have done a proper preparation in a camp sort of scenario. But we have to sort of make do with what we have.”
Kohli went on to add that everyone judges players after the results of test matches. He thinks that it would be fair to compare or criticize players after they have enough time to prepare for a series.
The Sri Lanka series ends on December 24 and India play their first test against South Africa on January 5.