Excitement rather than intimidation is the overriding feeling for India captain Virat Kohli, who is not daunted by the green Perth wicket set to greet the tourists for the second Test against Australia on Friday.
The pitch at Perth Stadium is tipped to provide ideal conditions for pace bowlers as India seek to claim a 2-0 lead over Australia in the four-Test series, which would be enough to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
India have historically struggled on the quick and bouncy Australian wickets but Kohli – buoyed by his team's 31-run win in Adelaide – is confident the likes of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah can rattle the host nation.
"I was pretty happy to see the pitch the way it is," Kohli, who will be without injured pair Ravichandran Ashwin and Rohit Sharma, told reporters on Thursday.
"I hope no more grass is taken off the pitch. Because that will mean the first three days will be very lively and we as a team are pretty happy with that.
"This pitch is going to offer significantly more to the bowlers than Adelaide. That's something we're very excited about. It's fast ... we're not alien to pitches like this. We've played on these kind of wickets in the past, it's nothing new to us."
"We certainly get more excited than nervous looking at lively pitches now," Kohli added. "We understand that we do have a bowling attack which can bowl the opposition out as much as they are convinced about their attack.
"When you have four or five fast bowlers who are at the peak of their ability, it's always a great feeling to have in the side.
"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.
"We understand that if we bat well, we will definitely get the result that we want. It's a very exciting phase to be in."
18 de marzo 2019
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