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Bowlers shouldn't look at workload as burden, says Kohli

Pioneer 2018-12-06 00:00:00

The Indian bowling attack, rated as the most balanced in recent years, will have its task cut in all-rounder Hardik Pandya's absence but the additional workload on hard Australian wickets shouldn't be perceived as "burden", reckoned skipper Virat Kohli.

Pandya is currently recuperating from a back injury and many pundits believed that Baroda all-rounder suited Australian conditions.

The Indian skipper agreed that four-man attack led by Ishant Sharma will have to share those extra overs amongst themselves, a cushion that all-rounder Pandya would have given.

"Losing the all-rounder obviously has an impact. I mean every side would like to have a fast-bowling all-rounder, which we don't have right now with Hardik (Pandya) injured. That obviously is a great luxury to have for any side," Kohli said on the eve of the first Test starting Thursday.

"We don't so we have to go with best possible combination. Again, the workload on guys who will play in the absence of an all-rounder will be high but that is something that has already been discussed," Kohli said.

The hard bouncy tracks and big grounds could test a bowler's strength and stamina but the skipper believes that his bowlers won't treat it as an adversity but a challenge.

"They (bowlers) should look forward to that and not think of it as a burden or something which is going to be tough. Because at international level, things are tough. So, we will just have to embrace that and make something out of the resources that we have at present and try to put in the performances that the team expects from the players," Kohli explained team's mindset.

While admitting Pandya's absence is an issue but not a major one, felt the skipper.

"I don't see it as a major one because in Australia you still have to bowl really well even if you are an all-rounder. To contain the batsmen is always a challenge here," he added.