first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat first against Bangladesh in a crunch match of the ongoing World Cup 2019 on Tuesday at Edgbaston. While Kohli attributed the decision to the tendency of the pitch to slow down in the 2nd half, it was when commentator Ian Bishop asked him a question on his ‘conversion-rate’ that seems to have taken Kohli aback.When Bishop asked Kohli at the toss whether he is trying to figure out the fact that he has not converted any of his past 5 back-toback half-centuries into hundreds, Kohli said that he doesn’t ‘need to sit down and assess’ this aspect as he has already done it ‘a lot of times in the past’.”I don’t need to sit down and assess how to convert those (fifties into hundreds), I have done that a lot of times in the past. I’m really enjoying the way I’m batting at the moment. It’s just about contributing to the team,” Virat Kohli said at the toss.Five half-centuries in a row. Three figures today?Make sure to follow #BANvIND on the #CWC19 appAPPLE World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 2, 2019Virat Kohli has already scored 41 hundreds in his ODI career to go along with 54 fifties combining for an astounding conversion rate of 43%. Possibly this was the reason, Kohli seemed stunned by the question.Earlier, Kohli defended his decision to bat first by saying: “It’s a used pitch. In the last game, it was getting slower and slower in the second half of the innings. We think it’s going to keep on deteriorating as the match progresses. Couple of changes looking at the short boundary.”advertisementThe two team changes which Kohli talked about were: Dinesh Karthik and Bhuvneshwar Kumar replacing Kedar Jadhav and Kuldeep Yadav.Teams:India: Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit BumrahBangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Soumya Sarkar, Mosaddek Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur RahmanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Abdul Razzaq praises Mohammed Shami, raises his religionAlso Read | Watch: Rihanna meets Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite after Sri Lanka vs West Indies gamelast_img read more