The Indian cricket team was on fire in the first Test match of the series against an undercooked West Indian unit, giving them a schooling in Rajkot. The Indians beat the outfit from the Caribbean by an innings and 272 runs as the West Indian batsman had to clue how to counter the Indian spinners.
While it was a big win by the Indians, Virat Kohli, the skipper who scored a brilliant ton in the match, the 24th of his Test career was in an angry mood at the post-match interviews, venting his frustrations at the umpires and the ICC.
The new ICC regulations which came into effect from 30th September means that players can only have water-breaks at the fall of a wicket or in-between overs.
The temperatures in Rajkot reached 40 degrees and players from both sides were struggling with the extreme heat.
In the post-match interview, Kohli minced no words on the new rules, saying, ” Over rates had a bit to do with the umpires pushing us as well, with these new rules coming in of not drinking too much water. These things should be considered according to the conditions we play in.”
He further added, “The guys really struggled in this game because of those few changes. It was quite difficult for the guys not to drink water for close to 40-45 minutes while batting and on the field as well. I’m sure they’ll look into this.”
Kohli added that heat was a major factor on why the team management decided to play five bowlers in the match. “We wanted to have the extra guy because of the heat factor. Four bowlers would have struggled in these conditions and we just wanted to give them bit more breaks in between and still have quality bowling coming at the opposition.”