Former India captain MS Dhoni believes Virat Kohli’s men should have played more practice games before the five-match Test series against England which they lost 1-4.Also Read - MS Dhoni Meets Yuvraj Singh During ad Shoot; Insta Video Goes Viral | WATCH

While speaking at a motivational event conducted by the Central Industrial Security Force which was held at the Birsa Munda Airport in Ranchi on Wednesday, Dhoni said, “Indian team missed out on playing practices matches before the series, which is why the batsmen are finding it difficult to adjust. This is a part of game. We shouldn’t forget that India is currently No. 1 in the rankings”. Also Read - Ex-Pakistan Captain Salman Butt Slams Virat Kohli, Ravi Shastri For Not Playing Ravi Ashwin Against England

The lack of practice games before the start of the series was one reason that Dhoni isn’t’ the first to highlight. Earlier, legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar had also raised the point when India struggled on South African pitches. Also Read - Virat Kohli Backs Ajinkya Rahane Ahead of India Tour of South Africa, Heaps Praise on Mohammed Siraj

“Here in England, they have been playing for more than a month but with the white ball, so even though they have got used to the change in the body clock and the conditions, the question is have they had enough exposure to the red ball in the one practice game they played? The weather for the most part in the last month has been more Indian than British, but it’s changed slightly in the last couple of days to being a bit overcast and some rains around. If it stays that way the new ball bowlers will enjoy themselves as the ball will move a bit more and they can bowl longer spells too,” Gavaskar was quoted as saying by The Times of India before the start of the Test series in Edgbaston.

However, Kohli had questioned the questioned the “utility” of pre-series tour games if the touring side is not provided with ideal conditions and opposition before a Test series starts.

During an interview with Michael Holding for ‘Sony Liv’, Kohli gave his point of view on the raging debate about the team’s mode of preparation. “Lot of people talk about tour games but where are those tour games happening and against what quality of bowling are very important questions to be asked,” Kohli said. “Because if you don’t get the preparation you need before a Test series, then it is actually not utilised well. Time is not utilised well if you don’t get the quality of opposition that you will face in Test cricket,” he added.

(With inputs from PTI)