Start-stop match, the worst thing in cricket, says Virat Kohli

Updated: Aug 10, 2019, 18:18 IST | mid-day online correspondent

The series-opener was first reduced to 43-over-a-side and then 34-over-a-side but was eventually abandoned after a second rain interruption

Start-stop match, the worst thing in cricket, says Virat Kohli
Indian skipper Virat Kohli

Providence (Guyana): Indian captain Virat Kohli emphasised on the risks of a start-stop match in cricket, saying that such a match can lead to injuries after the first ODI between India and West Indies was washed out due to rain.

The first ODI at the Providence Stadium in Guyana was initially reduced to 43 overs and then to 34 overs before it was eventually called off.

West Indies scored 54-1 in 13 overs before the match was called off. "It's probably the worst thing in cricket, the start-stop game. The more stops you have, the more you have to be careful about injuries on the field. Some of the pitches can really test you," Kohli said after the match was called off.

Asked about the challenges of playing in the Caribbean, Virat Kohli said while "some pitches offer good pace and bounce, others could be on the slower side".

"So you have to assess them and play accordingly," the Indian captain said.

The second ODI will be played in Port of Spain on Sunday.

India had won the Twenty20 series 3-0 prior to the three-match ODI rubber.

Shreyas Iyer will be in the focus during the second ODI and he will be hoping for a rain-free game to perform and become one of the front-runners for the number four spot in the Indian batting line-up.

With inputs from PTI

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