There must be a clear plan on how to face first 20-30 balls: Kohli


The India captain said that people should not jump to conclusions about the batting order’s weakness against the moving ball.

“We should not judge so fast, and jump into conclusions,” Kohli said at Lord’s, the venue of the second Test. “As a team, we keep patience. We don’t judge so fast. We don’t see any pattern to (the failures). As far as wickets falling in a heap is concerned, it is not about technique, it is more of a mental aspect. It depends on how you think about it after the dismissal. There must be a clear plan on how to face the first 20-30 balls, and more often than not that plan does not involve aggression. There we need some composure, other than aggression, As a batting unit we have discussed that.

“From outside it looks very bad, especially it is Test cricket and we are playing in England where it is anyway difficult. But we only need to bring down the margin of error and beyond that we don’t need to worry too much.”

“It doesn’t hurt when you score runs and you don’t win only. It hurts when you are not scoring runs as well, the team is not doing well. It is not like I feel bad that I got runs and we couldn’t get across the line. It is purely because we haven’t won the games.

“If I hadn’t got the runs and we had won, I would have got a totally different feeling, very natural aspect of playing team sport. My job as a batsman when I go out there is to score runs as a team. I am trying my level best to do that whenever possible. It is not going to happen every time, but when it does I want to try and contribute as much as possible. I definitely don’t see this as a pattern. It is unfortunate we haven’t been able to cross the line after coming so close, that is the only thing we are looking to how we cross the line. It doesn’t matter whether I get the (team) over the line or Jinks (Ajinka Rahane) does or Vijay does or KL Rahul does or whoever does, as long as we cross the line, that is the only thing that matters.”


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