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Hard work is Kohli's mantra

Bangalore, Nov 1, 2013, DHNS:
Kohli's proficiency in orchestrating successful chases consistently has been remarkable.  PTI File Photo

The one-day series between India and Australia has been another piece of evidence to the growth Virat Kohli made as a batsman.

Kohli has so far made 61, 100 n.o., 68 and 115 n.o in as many innings that made Australian skipper George Bailey suggest, in half-jest, a peculiar way to stop the Delhiite on his track. “To stop him, maybe we need someone from the crowd to throw things at him.”

High as the compliment was, the man himself viewed his astounding run through the prism of simplicity, and it all boiled down to hard work.

“Even now, if I don’t do well in a few games, I really get hard on myself. It’s not like I’ve made so many runs in one-day cricket so I can just not do well in a few games and think – ‘OK, I’m going to keep my place in the team’,” said Kohli.

“If I don’t score in even two games I’m out there, practicing hard again to get into my zone. They say winning is the best drug you can have; I think for me scoring runs is the biggest high. And if the team wins because of that, I don’t get a greater feeling than that. That’s become more of a habit now, and I want to achieve that feeling every time I go out. That’s been the driving force that keeps me focused on what I have to do,” said Kohli.

Even then Kohli’s proficiency in orchestrating successful chases consistently has been remarkable. The Delhiite explained his modus operandi.

“When there’s a target to chase, it feels good. I can plan my innings better. You can analyse how you want to bat, you can calculate and play – which bowler to target and which bowler you can allow yourself a three-run over against,” explained Kohli. There’s one more game left and hopefully I can do it again,” he added.

There’s a touch of arrogance to Kohli’s brilliant stroke-play that makes us forget about the solid technique around which his game has been built. Kohli stressed on the need to have a good technique to succeed at the highest level.

“That’s the main thing when you take on bowlers who’re bowling at 150kph. If you have worked on your technique properly, you can back yourself to hold your position and hit where you want to. More often than not, against very quick bowlers, you’re not in a good position to hit a big shot. But if you have worked on your technique, you’re much more confident about hitting the ball. I keep working on that in practice sessions. I’m not a great fan of batting in the nets. All I do is some throw-downs before the game; I just hold my position, just middle the ball and time it properly in the practice sessions,” he said.


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