Virat Kohli was shocked to know that Ashwin and Jadeja have bowled 4000 balls in the season so far


India vs Australia 2017, Third Test, Ranchi: Indian captain Virat Kohli spoke in his trademark aggressive style in the post-match conference after the end of Day 5’s play. Kohli praised his team’s effort after a slow start in the game and said that he is very happy with performance. He also praised Australia’s effort and said that he doesn’t want to take away any credit from them, because they batted really well.

During the press conference one of the journalist shared a piece of statistics with Virat Kohli and it surprised the Indian captain for a minute. This is how Virat Kohli reacted when a journalist told him that Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have bowled 4000 deliveries in this season so far:

“How many, how many? Oh…” he said in disbelief. “I did not know, that sounds a lot! We have got to see how many games we want to play them in terms of the shorter formats and going forward if we have a hectic season, because they are very valuable Test bowlers for us.

“That is the only way you can manage workloads because during a game, you can t think of the fact that he bowled 3000 balls in the season and I need to make him stop because if you want to win a game, you need to push guys. It is different formats when they arrive that is where you can manage workloads and you certainly want to look into it. We have done that in the past as well. And that s certainly going to be followed in the future because you need to maintain a core group of Test bowlers that you need all the time and it is not a difficult thing to do. But yes, one should be aware of that,” he said.