Virat Kohli calls one week gap among matches 'ridiculous'
New Delhi : Indian skipper Virat Kohli criticized the scheduling of first two games for his team in the ICC T20 World Cup, saying that such long gaps between two games was "ridiculous."
India lost their second game of the tournament on Sunday, before that they had played their last game on October 24 against Pakistan. "It's ridiculous, we are playing twice in 10 days. Too long a break...," Kohli said at the toss the match against New Zealand.
His comments were not matching to his reaction after Pakistan’s game when he had called the break as much needed after high intensity IPL.
"I think it works really well for us from all point of views. Knowing that we have played a full-fledged season already, we played the IPL, which is very high octane by itself in testing conditions here in the UAE, and then we come into the World Cup" Kohli had said.
"So for us, these big breaks are definitely something that's going to help us as a team to be in the prime physical condition that we need to be to play this high intensity tournament," he had gone on to add.
On Sunday, he had different view on the break but acknowledged that the gap helped players in recovering from injuries.
"Yeah, the guys have recovered well. Had good practice sessions, are itching to go out on the field, which is a good thing. When you have so many days off you want to get on the park and get into the groove," Kohli added.
India lost the game to New Zealand by eight wickets. India will now face Afghanistan on November 3, Scotland on November 5 and Namibia on November 8. And the only hope for India to make it to semi finals largely depends on Afghanistan, if they can beat Pakistan in their match.