India have played three games in the tournament so far and in each of them they have hardly required the lower middle order with the bulk of the runs being scored by Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli himself.
“Given an opportunity, everyone would like to finish games convincingly. In the practice games, everyone has got a hit, and we know Kedar (Jadhav) and Hardik (Pandya) are playing really well at the moment, so we're not bothered at all,” Kohli was quoted as saying by the ICC website.
“Rather, they're looking for an opportunity if the team is in a bit of trouble, I'm sure those two guys are going to step up and take the team through along with Ash (R Ashwin) and Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja) as well. Those guys are actually waiting for opportunities, and that's a great mindset to have. They're not sitting comfortable thinking, ‘Oh, these guys are going to do the job.’ They're actually prepared if a crisis situation comes in, they want to be the match-winners, and that's the energy they're creating.”
Kohli is also delighted that the team haven’t lost their way and made the semi-finals of the last five ICC events – the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, the ICC World T20 2014, the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, the ICC World T20 2016 and now.
Speaking about it, he said, “I’m very happy that you spoke of reaching the semi-finals as also being consistent. Back home, if India doesn’t win, it is looked at as a bad tournament. Obviously to reach the semi-final on such a big stage, you have to play good cricket, and we’re quite happy with our performances.”
“We have always been good in limited-overs and had match-winning players. The new bunch that is coming in is also like that. That is a credit to the system also and to the players also, who bring in such a mindset that transition is never difficult, especially in limited-overs,” he added.
Kohli has been amongst the runs in this tournament with scores of 81 not out and an unconquered 76.
Asked how he approaches his batting in big matches, Kohli said, “My thinking is always the same and I always try to get the team into a good position or to win the match. My mindset doesn’t change. The way I think in an IPL or first-class game, it’s the same with India. It’s not like I need more motivation for knockout stages.”
(( With inputs from ICC Website))
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First Published: June 15, 2017, 1:16 PM IST