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Kohli insists doubling points for away Test wins
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Kohli insists doubling points for away Test wins

Virat Kohli has called for double points to be awarded in case of an away victory under the new World Test Championship while also lauding the competition for adding context to bilateral series.

The India skipper admitted the inaugural edition of the championship was incentivizing sides to force a result instead of employing defensive strategies and playing out dull draws.

Kohli, nevertheless, felt there was a need to change the current points system where teams were getting 120 points for a series win.

"If you would have asked me to make the points table, I would give double the points for an away Test win," he said on the eve of India's second Test against South Africa.

The Test championship will follow a two-year cycle during which each team is expected to play three home and three away series before the final takes place at Lord's between the top two sides on the table.

Kohli suggested the change could be introduced in the next edition of the tournament.

"In earlier situations, in a three-match series you probably would have played out a draw, but teams are going to go for wins and get those extra points. So I think it's great for Test cricket," he said.

"It will be much more demanding on the players now, which is a good thing as it will keep the standard of Test cricket high."

Kohli hails Rohit and Shami for first Test heroics

Kohli spoke highly of Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami, given their stellar performances in India's thumping 203-run win in the first Test at Vizag.

Rohit, making his debut as India's Test opener, slammed 176 and 127 setting up his side's batting charge on a pitch with variable bounce.

"He [Rohit] is feeling absolutely at home at the top of the order and for us as a team, it's a huge bonus", Kohli said.

"If a guy like him at the top of the order plays the way he does, he did in the last game, then we are going to be in situations to go for victories in most of the Test matches."

Meanwhile, Shami completed a remarkable turnaround on the final day of the series opener after going wicketless in South Africa's first innings.

He sparked a spectacular collapse from the visitors, snaring five wickets in the process.

Shami, who has his fair share of criticism, received the backing of his skipper for bowling more maturely.

"Now, he [Shami] is taking the responsibility. We don't need to push Shami anymore," said Kohli.

"I think on the pitches we play, I don't see anyone with so much seam movement.

"He is someone who can change the complexion of the match totally when you don't see it coming. His skill is obviously there for everyone to see."

"Especially, in the second innings, when the situations are difficult he comes in and does the job every time. It's great."