India vs England: Virat Kohli wants composure from his batsmen at Lord’s

first_imgVirat Kohli addressed the frailties of India’s top order that failed to support the captain during the first Test against England at Edgbaston, which India lost by 31 runs.Captain Kohli led from the front and crafted a brilliant 149 in the first innings. He also scored 51 in the second innings when India were chasing a mere total of 198 runs.However, the rest of the batsmen failed to stick to their crease and make their presence felt. Instead, they struggled and gave away their wickets without much fight.As the bowlers took all the 20 wickets in the match to put India in a spot of taking the lead in the series, batsmen failed to back that performance.Kohli, while addressing the press conference on the eve of the second Test at Lord’s, said that there are just about a few adjustments batsmen need to make, particularly in how they react to situation after wickets fall down.Also read – Batting dilemma, strategical changes in line for India ahead of Lord’s TestKohli, who is known for his aggression on the field, advised his batsmen against it at crucial junctures in the match.”I don’t think anything [top order failure] should be judged so soon. We as a team definitely have more patience than other people and so, we don’t take something as a pattern soon.”But when it comes to the wickets falling quickly, it more of a mental aspect than technical — like how you think about a situation after wicket falls. I think that matters a lot, you should have a clear plan of what you want to do in the next 30 deliveries and that plan more often than not, is not aggression. We need a little bit more composure there and that, as a batting unit, we have discussed,” Kohli said.advertisement”Apart from that, I don’t think there’s too much to think because when people see from outside, they think it’s really bad but cricket and especially Test cricket is a marginal game and in England conditions, which is anyway tough. We have to reduce that margin of error.”Also read -India vs England: Ishant Sharma’s sole motive is to win matches for IndiaA couple of days before the second Test, there was a healthy amount of grass on the pitch at Lord’s. It is expected that the groundsmen will shave a few bits before the start of the match but even if they don’t, the pitch is likely to turn out quite dry.The conditions have prompted the Indian camp to rethink their bowling strategy and find a combination to go with and the team management are mulling fielding two spinners.”Fielding two spinners is a tempting thought. It’s definitely in contention,” Kohli shared.”The wicket is quite hard and dry. It’s been quite hot in London for the past couple of months. There is some grass but that’s just to keep the wicket together. Otherwise, it would have been hard to hold itself even on the first two days, that’s how dry it’s been here.”Also read – India vs England, Lord’s Test: Former greats call for Pujara’s inclusion”Pitch is going to be an all-round wicket, Batsmen bat well they will get runs. Seamers are going to be in play with the Dukes ball and overcast conditions as and when. When the wicket wears off spinners can come into play. Tempting thought to field two spinners, but it’s a decision that the team management will make taking into consideration the balance of the side,” he added.Despite the loss at Edgbaston, Kohli was confident that his team can turn the tides and showed faith in the fact that they have shown resistance on foreign shores.”I feel as a team we are just about there. It’s not like we are getting rolled over or getting dominated. Every match we play is competitive. We are in the zone where we are very positive,” he added.last_img

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