Kohli says team is working on handling spin

Kanpur, Sep 21: Captain Virat Kohli is not overtly worried about the Indian Test team's recent struggle against spinners but says they are surely working on this aspect since a side that aspires to be a champion can't leave any window for the opposition to exploit.

Sri Lankan spinner Rangan Herath had wreaked havoc last year during the Galle Test, where India struggled to chase 176 and were all out for 112. Herath had taken seven wickets in the second innings to spell doom for the visitors.

It evoked criticism as media questioned Indian team's age-old ability to dominate the spinners.

As it is expected that the Green Park pitch for the series-opening Test in Kanpur will assist spinners, Kohli was asked to respond on this aspect.

"I think it's not a concern," he said categorically but acknowledged that "It is an area where we can improve."

Kohli argued that they lost the Galle Test in Sri Lanka because they could not play spin as they would have liked.

"We did not execute our batting plans, but we rectified that. The team wants to improve on that aspect of the game, something we surely needs to get strong. So much was build up (in media). We countered conditions really well away from home -- England, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, we focused on pace, so we didn't pay that much attention on spin. That was one area where we feel that we could have worked or should have worked more.