Virat Kohli open to transition discussion with Sri Lanka management

Indian skipper Virat Kohli is open to any discussion with the Sri Lankan managemnt but only after the series is over. Replying to Sri Lanka chief coach Nic Pothas comments of interacting with the Indian team management to overcome the transition period difficulties their team is facing, Kohli said, "We haven't had any discussions yet. Those things may happen after the competitive zone is over and done with the series. I think that will happen after September 6 if it has to happen from their end."

Talking about how Indian team managed their own transition, the Indian skipper said that mental preparation was the key for their shorter transition period.

"But look it is difficult for any team going through transition. One thing that we decided to do as a team was take more responsibility and ownership of what we do on the field when playing for the country. We just needed to change our mindset."

"It didn't matter if we were playing against a side that has played 60 Tests each - if we are mentally more prepared than them then we are in a better position to win. So we decided to put our heads in that zone where experience didn't matter much for us.

"It was the fight and competitiveness we were willing to show and the desire to fight for longer periods that helped us get through that phase quicker than what others might have faced," said the skipper.

Sri Lanka faced a tricky situation when their fans expressed their anger by stopping the Sri lankan team bus for about half an hour. Reacting on the event Kohli said that its something that not in the control of the players.

"I'm not someone who will sit here after not performing and request the fans to be patient with us or (tell them) 'please don't react in a bad way'. That's a very personal choice.

"If I, as a fan, am watching a game and I see a team not being able to do well I would feel compassion. I would not burn effigies or smash faces, put on mannequins and what not. I would show compassion because you can understand at a human level that everyone's trying hard out there and no one wants to go out there to lose or fail."

The Indian captain added, "I think people find the ease and convenience, and the pleasure in pulling other people down which I personally don't believe in.

"I'm sure it's tough for the players to see such things. But you can't really control what's happening from another person, you can only control what you can do on the park and the mindset that you can be in," he added.

Talking about the future of the Veteran Lasith Malinga, Kohli said that he can still be back to his very best.

"Even when he played Test cricket, he made an impact. It's very easy to say that he is not bowling as well anymore but it could just be a phase. Once he starts hitting those yorkers again, those slower balls again, and picks up wickets on a regular basis then these talks can be otherwise also.

"I can't talk about his body, only he would know. But as long as we play him we obviously respect his skills and what he can bring to the table and how he can turn the game around.

"We always play him like that, we have always played him like that and we'll continue to play him like that till he plays for Sri Lanka," Kohli signed off.


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