Kolkata, Oct 4: Indian captain Virat Kohli has sent out a warning to New Zealand after winning the 2nd Test at Kolkata's Eden Gardens yesterday (October 3). The skipper, with a "vision", declared that the team was aiming to complete a 3-0 whitewash in Indore.
On Monday, India thrashed New Zealand by 178 runs to win the 2nd Test and took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. With this, they again climbed to the top of the ICC Rankings, displacing Pakistan.
Speaking to reporters after the success in Kolkata, Kohli said they are aiming to win every Test match they play and it will be the same in Indore starting from Saturday (October 8), in the third and final Test.
"I mentioned this before also, rankings are something that are just an incentive for what you do on the field. I didn't even know how many points difference we had to get to No 1. We just want to win every game we play, it's as simple as that," Kohli said.
He continued, "It doesn't mean that we take the foot off the pedal in Indore. We don't drop intensity there, we don't drop our character, our vision is to win a Test match for the country."
Kohli has now won 9 Test matches out of 16 as a captain. At home, India are unbeaten in their last 12 Tests (Starting from February 2013 against Australia in Chennai), with 11 victories and 1 draw.
ICC Rankings are updated after every series and India will be on top of the table with 113 points with a 2-0 verdict. However, they can move to 115 points with a 3-0 clean sweep over the Kiwis.