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Kohli Wants His Batsmen to Be ‘Composed’, Not ‘Aggressive’

Kohli Wants His Batsmen to Be ‘Composed’, Not ‘Aggressive’

Virat Kohli’s team India has come close to finish a match but has fallen short a couple of times in the last eight months.

Cricket news: It is unfortunate to come close and not cross the line, says Kohli

First it was in the tour of South Africa, India were chasing 208 to win in the first Test at Cape Town, but lost the game by 72 runs.

The similar scenario repeated again in the ongoing tour of England, where in the first Test at Edgbaston, India lost the match by 31 runs having been given a target of 194.

In the Edgbaston Test, Kohli was the standout batsman from the Indian contingent as he scored 149 in the first innings and 51 in the second innings.

But despite the honours, it was deeply hurt, not because the other batsmen failed but because of the fact that India lost the game.

"It is unfortunate that we haven't been able to cross the line after being so close," Kohli said ahead of second Test. "That is the only thing we are looking at as a side: how we cross the line. It doesn't matter whether I get runs or Jinks [Ajinkya Rahane] does or [M] Vijay does or KL [Rahul] does or whoever in the batting order. As long as we cross the line, that is the only thing that matters."

All the frontline batsmen failed except Kohli, who served as the anchor and also the shepherd for the lower order. However he said that it would be unfair to judge the batsmen so quickly for their failure.

Kohli has said that there is no such “pattern” for success, the batsmen just have to be mentally strong to face the first 30-odd deliveries.

"It is not so much about the technical, but more about the mental aspect," he explained. "How you think about the situations, about the first 20, 25, 30 balls, after the fall of a wicket, matters a lot. You must have a clear plan about what to do in those 30 balls, and, more often than not, that plan should not involve aggression. We need to focus on composure, which as a batting unit we have discussed."

The fact that Kohli has said about aggression is important as Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul got out by attempting to play aggressively and score early on in the innings.

Kohli has given his own example from the past where he used to have rash thoughts while waiting for the ball and did not play based on the merit.

Kohli has said that it is important to show durability and stay as long as possible in the crease to become successful in a Test match.

"It is just about going out and being positive about every situation that you are in and not thinking too much about what is going to happen. It is about looking at the ball and reacting according to the ball. Sometimes, as a batsman, where I have faltered in the past is I have thought maybe I will get a good ball somewhere and lose sight of what I need to do at that particular time.

"That is something that has pulled me back. But now I am in a zone where I have to respect a good ball and just back my ability and play for as long as I can. It is not that you can't get out in sport and in cricket. You just have to try and delay that eventuality as much as possible which as batsman we all try and achieve."

Rakesh Rakshit

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TEST

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 35 4016 115
2 South Africa 33 3712 106
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 England 45 4722 105
5 New Zealand 23 2354 102
6 Sri Lanka 38 3668 97
7 Pakistan 21 1853 88
8 West Indies 29 2235 77
9 Bangladesh 19 1268 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 51 6470 127
2 India 49 5973 122
3 New Zealand 41 4602 112
4 South Africa 39 4275 110
5 Pakistan 38 3915 103
6 Australia 37 3699 100
7 Bangladesh 28 2607 93
8 Sri Lanka 50 3872 77
9 West Indies 32 2217 69
10 Afghanistan 32 2053 64
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 30 3972 132
2 India 37 4601 124
2 Australia 21 2570 122
4 England 21 2448 117
5 New Zealand 22 2542 116
6 South Africa 19 2093 110
7 West Indies 21 2219 106
8 Afghanistan 27 2490 92
9 Sri Lanka 28 2451 88
10 Bangladesh 27 2066 77