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Kohli expects Windies to 'come hard' at India in second Test

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After India won the first Test by an innings and 272 runs, Virat Kohli says that the home side are prepared for a big Windies fightback in the second Test.

While that was India's biggest margin of victory in Test cricket, Kohli wants to be vigilant, expecting the visitors to try and turn the tables at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. 

"They are going to come hard at us in this game because it's only a two-match series and you don't have the room to do anything apart from making a comeback at this stage," said the India captain ahead of the second Test, which begins on Friday, October 12.  

Kohli, who scored his 24th Test hundred to play an integral role in India's victory in Rajkot, feels that the pitch in Hyderabad will offer something to everyone. 

We all are very happy for Shaw, but I think we should not compare him to anyone yet

"It is always going to be a good cricket wicket in Hyderabad. The pitch doesn't wear and tear so much because of the weather here. There's a decent covering of grass on the pitch and the surface is always hard – if you bowl well you can take wickets and if you bat well you can score runs," he reckoned. 

While Kohli is full of praise for youngster Prithvi Shaw – who scored a century in his maiden Test innings – the Indian skipper urged the cricketing world to give him time to develop.

"I don't think he should be thrust into anything yet because you have to understand, have to give a youngster the space to grow," Kohli said.

"This guy is supremely talented and he has got great ability, as everyone saw. We definitely think that he has what it takes to play at the highest level and he has shown that in his first game already. He is a keen learner, a very sharp guy. We all are very happy for him, but I think we should not compare him to anyone yet or put him in a space where he starts feeling pressure of any kind.

"These youngsters have played in situations like the IPL [Indian Premier League] where they play in front of so many people that they're not nervous of the big stage anymore. Yes, they might have the eagerness and the pressure to perform, but they're not overawed by the scenario. I think that's always going to be an advantage because the guys coming in can start doing the job for you from Day 1. Shaw, Rishabh Pant, and Hanuma Vihari have done that straightaway."

Kuldeep Yadav, who picked up his maiden Test five-wicket haul in Rajkot, was one of India's many star performers. Ravindra Jadeja, too, starred with bat and ball, and on the field. With the two spinners putting up exceptional performances and Ravichandran Ashwin bringing in a bagful of experience, India have an embarrassment of riches in that department.

'With our bowling attack, we don't have any issues'
'With our bowling attack, we don't have any issues'

When asked what spin-bowling combination he would ideally go with in tough overseas assignments like the upcoming tour of Australia, Kohli said, "You look at guys who are putting revolutions on the ball – that's something I feel always works in overseas conditions.

"Guys who can get the ball to bite off the pitch are the ones who succeed. If you see someone like Moeen [Ali], the way he bowls, it's the pace on the ball that puts you [the batsman] in doubt. I think Ash did that beautifully in England, he bowled quicker than he used to and that's something that he has added to his game.

"Jaddu obviously is the bowler who has that knack. We feel these two guys are definitely equipped to do the job for us in any conditions. I feel with our bowling attack, we don't have any issues as such to find the balance."

India's 12-man squad for the Test: Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur

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