Aussies beware! Here is what Virat Kohli has learnt as skipper this home season
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Aussies beware! Here is what Virat Kohli has learnt as skipper this home season

With every match, India cricket team captain Virat Kohli is improving all aspects of his game, including how he takes calls in the middle as a leader.

cricket Updated: Feb 13, 2017 20:20 IST
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Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
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India cricket team captain Virat Kohli (2nd Right) says one of the important skills he has picked up as a captain is to keep the players calm and energised when things are not going their way.(AFP)

By Virat Kohli’s own admission, this home season has been a learning experience. Before the start of the one-off Test match against Bangladesh cricket team, he had said that the series against England cricket team showed India cricket team how to be patient whenever wickets don’t fall or things don’t move according to plan.

Although the Hyderabad Test vs Bangladesh was barely a test, there were phases when there was a need to get things moving. The story was similar in the England series as well.

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“You know, sometimes I stand on the field and think the wicket is not falling, you literally cannot do anything as a captain. You just have to accept the game is going on, probably look to be more consistent with the ball and the fields you set,” Kohli said after the win against Bangladesh on Monday. (Day 5 Highlights)(India vs Bangladesh scorecard)

That is perhaps the toughest job for a captain. Kohli says he keeps everyone energised and going.

“To be very honest, anyone knows how to set fields in the ground, its just that you know, make sure you have the responsibility of keeping the energy of the team up,” said the Indian skipper. “ I look to push myself throw myself , so guys know that they have to push for a wicket. Especially the fielders inside the ring, the bowlers know what they need to do but the fielders within the ring need to support the bowlers. I need to do that first, for the guys to show that energy.”

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Kohli points out that earlier he would be relentless, rushing things. It happened in Kingston, Jamaica, against the West Indies last year. The visiting Australia cricket team, who will play a four-match Test series in February-March, will be facing a seasoned India skipper.

“Earlier, I would be a bit relentless with fields but now, I understand, when a pair is going for runs, I immediately go for in-out fields, no point giving them 4-5 boundaries,” said Kohli.

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“ (Instead) They might score 25 runs (only) in singles, and take 15 overs to do that,” he added. “That creates pressure and when you know you are bowling good balls, one ball does something and you are back into the game. That’s something I have learnt and hopefully we will take it forward.”

First Published: Feb 13, 2017 20:20 IST