Virat Kohli promoted himself at No 3 to take pressure off Indian batsmen
Virat Kohli scored 102 off 83 balls against West Indies on Friday at Port of Spain © Getty Images
Port of Spain: Jul 7, 2013
India’s acting captain Virat Kohli went back to his original batting position against West Indies, scoring a much needed 102 runs.
“I spoke to the coach and told him I should bat at my original position so that I can control the situation,” he was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
“The pressure is eased off and the batsmen coming in later can play around me,” said Kohli.
Kohli cherishes scoring for India. He said it was disheartening for him not to get to a big score.
“A hundred is always satisfying, especially after you have been getting a few starts and you have been hitting the ball well and not converting them into big scores.”
“It gets a bit disheartening for a batsman when you are consistently hitting the ball well but not getting through to that big score,” said Kohli.
The 24-year-old said that he analysed where he was going wrong in the past few matches and found out that he was playing too aggressively.
“I sat and analysed what I was doing wrong the past few innings. I was probably being too aggressive upfront. It was not my gameplan. I just decided to go out there and give myself a chance, play myself in,” said Kohli.
“I was pretty surprised because getting out once to a hook shot [in the previous match at Sabina Park] they thought I can’t play the pull. I was loving it because I knew they would ball short to me and that’s my strength,” Kohli said.