Australia v India, 3rd Test, Perth, 1st day

Virat Kohli blames ill luck

Sidharth Monga at the WACA

January 13, 2012

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After India's worst day of Test cricket in recent memory, Virat Kohli, who top-scored with 44, had the look of a man wronged by the world. There was a point when he seemed like he actually had a lump in his throat, there was a point when he was angry, there was a point when he gave the Australian bowlers credit, there was a point when he blamed poor luck.

Most noteworthy was when he revealed the kind of pressure he has been under, trying to keep his place in the side. "I don't know why people were after me even after the first game," Kohli said. "I had scored two fifties before that in the match against West Indies [in Mumbai], and suddenly I was on the verge of being dropped after one match.

"Scoring eight hundreds in one-day internationals can't be a fluke. It's international cricket as well. I don't know why people have been questioning my technique or temperament so much. I have been playing at No. 3 in one-dayers, and I have not gone in to bat in very good situations in all of the 70 [odd] matches I have played. All of this is a learning curve for me. I am playing on difficult wickets, in Australia.

"As much as I have learned, I have just played six matches before this, and as much as I can learn and adapt to these situations it will be better for me in the future. This is not the end of the world, this is not the last series that is ever going to be played. I have still got to be positive. I have still got to keep working hard and not think about if I am going to get dropped or if someone else is going to play in my place. I really have no control over that. I can only go out and bat. That's all I am going to do."

Kohli went out and batted today. He got off to a good start too. He admitted he had better batting conditions than those who batted in the top order. Minutes before tea, though, he played a loose stroke, trying to drive length delivery uppishly. "I said this in Mumbai as well," he said. "I was questioned why I played that shot in the first innings [there]. Cricket always has a thin line between a mistake and pulling off really good shots. Those kind of deliveries, you need to hit for boundaries in international cricket. The way they were bowling, they weren't giving much. And you need to convert those loose balls into boundaries. Unfortunately I tried to go for one, I couldn't execute it properly."

Virat Kohli was dismissed for 44, Australia v India, 3rd Test, Perth, 1st day, January 13, 2012
Virat Kohli: "I have still got to keep working hard and not think about if I am going to get dropped or if someone else is going to play in my place." © Getty Images

That, though, has been the story of the tour. "From what I see, we have lost wickets at important stages of the match," Kohli said. "Even today we had an 80-run [68-run] partnership, and then we lost two wickets before tea. Those sort of balls you need to put away for boundaries if you want to score runs. You just can't go into a shell.

"The Australians came out and played their shots as well. Sometimes they [the shots] fly into gaps, sometimes they don't. Luck is a very important thing in cricket, which unfortunately hasn't been going our way in important phases. Just before breaks, after breaks, just before lunch, just before tea … we have lost important wickets at important times in matches. Just when we are about to convert that 80-run partnership into a 150-run one, we lose a wicket. That's all that has been happening. I don't think anyone has a lack of temperament or technique. Just that things haven't been going our way recently."

Kohli was asked if that actually might have more to do with the team not being mentally as strong as is ideal. He said: "I don't think we are not mentally competing with them," he said. "We haven't done well during those important phases in Australia. It's all about holding your temperament during those important phases, and pulling through, which unfortunately we haven't been able to do. Some do it well, some don't. That's the way the game of cricket goes. So when it goes our way we will make sure we take advantage of it. The game has four days to go. Anything can happen in cricket. They might lose wickets in a cluster. You never know what happens in cricket. It's a funny game."

Asked if this was the worst day of international cricket he had been part of when playing for India, Kohli, incredibly, said it wasn't. "I don't think so," he said. "We have had days when we have fielded longer than this. It's just one day. We still have four days left. I don't rate this as the worst day of Test cricket I have experienced."

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Posted by zenboomerang on (January 16, 2012, 5:36 GMT)

"Virat Kohli blames ill luck"... lol... Oz is the "lucky country"... lol... a no-brainer... Plus the billions of "lucky" rabbits feet we have... Hmm, maybe a big business opportunity waiting for an unlucky Indian captain?...

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (January 15, 2012, 4:48 GMT)

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are two of the most talented Indian batsmen. They should be given opportunities to prove themselves in test cricket. BCCI should grow a backbone and get rid of the oldies - Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman. They are hanging around shamelessly - using their yesteryear feats to milk the system.

Posted by basusri133b on (January 14, 2012, 22:11 GMT)

It is technique not luck that will determine this man's future in Test Cricket. Indian cricket lies in shambles, our lack of coherent policy of managing the game has resulted in our utter humiliation. Winning or loosing is part of any game. But to be decimated in two days by a very average team has exposed the depths to which we have sunk. It is time for Dhoni to go,we definitely need a new Captain.On his current form, he does not even deserve a place in the team. The senior players, should seriously consider their retirement from the game. It is a shame that these stalwarts have to leave under such depressing circumstances. Srikant & his colleagues at the BCCI are culpable for this debacle. How on earth was Vinay Kumar ever selected? It was embarasing to watch this poor man being slaughtered. Fletcher the team coach is neither seen nor heard. This man needs to be sacked immediately. This is a very sad day for Indian cricket . This team has fallen apart.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

before blames ill luck, learn how to play in overseas.

Posted by Vpx23 on (January 14, 2012, 6:26 GMT)


Posted by smudgeon on (January 14, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

To a certain point, I agree that luck plays a part in test cricket. However, there's such a thing as creating your own luck. I'm a bit of an optimist, but I can't yet judge whether this Australian side is shaping up to be a good one, or whether the opposition has just been so dreadful - er, I mean "unlucky".

Posted by USAPakCricFollower on (January 14, 2012, 4:59 GMT)

It's hard to believe a team that was #1 ranked 6 months ago is playing worse than the last ranked team. Goes to show what most of the non-Indians were saying all along about the flaws in the ranking system. A team that can only win at home is not worthy of the #1 ranking. If India plays at home for the next 2 years and gets back to a high ranking we will know the system is rigged. For now this tour can't end soon enough.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2012, 4:54 GMT)

Why is he trying to save his butt by justifying his centuries and scores? This is about a team and not individual players. Either the entire team fails or succeeds. Such comments about 'luck' and defending oneself simply show that there is no unity in the team. Team memebrs are are only on the lookout to save their own butt. No wonder India is getting trashed in every session. You need players to play for India and not for themselves.

Posted by Meety on (January 14, 2012, 4:53 GMT)

One day doesn't win a test, India need to bowl Oz out by Tea (currently Lunch they have 3 wickets). == == == Kohli should of played as a medium pacer @ #8. he'd have to be better than Kumar. He didn't look up to it as a test bowler!

Posted by RandyOZ on (January 14, 2012, 4:53 GMT)

Haha kohli has a nice drop to add to his poor series!

Posted by crickstats on (January 14, 2012, 4:43 GMT)

Sometimes when you succeed in youth, you get carried away, prime example is Virat, he might have won a World Cup U-19, and the Cup proper, but now he concedes all these are luck, if he doesn't learn quickly, Australia will teach them quickly

Posted by landl47 on (January 14, 2012, 4:24 GMT)

India must be the unluckiest side in the world. This is the seventh successive overseas test in which they have been unlucky. In three of the previous 6 tests they have been so unlucky that they have lost by an innings and they'll probably be unlucky enough to lose this one by an innings, too. It's a good job that Kohli pointed out that this is just bad luck, otherwise some of us might have thought it was because India aren't all that good.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2012, 4:00 GMT)

This guy got some balls. Somebody tell him that a total score of 161 doesn't makes his 44 a century. Its not even a half century. Its one thing playing bad and acknowledging it but swearing at the crowd and justifying his place(not by playing good) is blasphemy. They should play againt SL and bangladesh at indore and gwalior only and I am sure India will regain the top spot in no time.

Posted by LivingDead on (January 14, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

I don't think Kohli said anything wrong. He is a bit aggressive by nature which not such a bad thing. What do you guys want him to do - just roll over and meekly accept all trash questions thrown to him? What can he do anyway. A team has to stck together and thats what he is doing.

Posted by Raj12345 on (January 14, 2012, 3:22 GMT)

You guys robbed Puraja place. You play or quit your place from test team. Don't question others.

Posted by Alexk400 on (January 14, 2012, 3:14 GMT)

I BLAME EVERYTHING ON THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM. SACHIN!. his 100th 100 pulled down whole indian team. Can he retire. He is a choker.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2012, 3:01 GMT)

I Agree , this is not the worst day., its all coming in next 2 months for indian cricket. All the coming days are worsen than this...This is just the opening... wait and watch (Do you agree, any indians wants to watch this games ever...).

Posted by   on (January 14, 2012, 2:46 GMT)

Experiences like the whipping India got in England & what they are getting now down under are not the end of the world. In fact it should help to toughen up the youngsters in the side a bit. They just have to work hard & learn from their mistakes. We all regard them as legends now but Roberts , Richards , Holding & Greenidge were all a part of the 5-1 thrashing we got in 75/76 down under. But they bounced back by working hard. Australia had to wait nearly 2 decades after that to win the Sir Frank Worrell trophy. Look at England? They got white washed 5 nil in 07. but they planned & worked hard & last year they humiliated the Australians in their own backyard. With the right strategies & coaching & Hard work Yadav, Sharma , Kohli, Ashwin could bounce back from this to become greats in the next 5 to 10 years. everything in life is a cycle.

Posted by snbirdi on (January 14, 2012, 2:36 GMT)

While I agree with Virat here, I do think Rohit has more raw talent that him and should be given a chance. Drop Sehwag from the test side. VERY RARELY does he ever deliver in tests. He shouldn't be in the test side. Get Rohit in.

Posted by Precioustar84 on (January 14, 2012, 2:24 GMT)

I'm one of those Indian fans that feel youngsters that have made it in the test team still need to be given chances. Its way too early to be calling him off the team when we have OLDies in the team. Players like Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Virat all need chances NOW! If Virat faces tough times now, he can only get stronger for future but being abusive on the field isn't the way to go Virat. You first need to work hard on your batting performance then sledge or talk big (although I don't think there should be any room allowed for that behavior in cricket as it spoils the mood for me). If you've got to talk the talk then be ready walk the walk! That's what you need to do.

Posted by Micgyver on (January 14, 2012, 2:09 GMT)

I cant stand this guy.He may well be a decent bat,but in Australia we call a person like this a whinger.What do you mean on difficult pitches?Clarke scored a triple ton last test,not to mention hundreds in this series by Ponting,Warner and Hussey.And at times Tendulkar has made batting look easy.Your a poor excuse maker and i hope the rest of India's young up and coming batsmen dont have the same poor attitude as you.

Posted by longandshort on (January 14, 2012, 1:34 GMT)

quick to blame Virat. ok he may not have been performing. but what are the other 6 experienced batsmen doing on the team?????????????????? the other 4 are bowlers and they have close to as many runs as the 6 touted hyped up oldies.

easy to blame it on a scapegoat and not take responsibility. Cowards!

Posted by Ravishankara on (January 14, 2012, 0:58 GMT)

Let our cricketers be cricketers not try to be stars. Reduce the money on the cricket. Cricket administrators need to set example in humility

Posted by boooonnie on (January 14, 2012, 0:42 GMT)

What is this? This guy is one if the most inexperienced guys in the team so why is he having to take the heat while his super star, legendary captain and team mates enjoy a hot shower? Did he pick the short straw or something? Kholi is an unfortunate scape goat. Yet he seems to me to be the most energetic and professional fields-men in the side. There was a lot to like about his 44 as well. It showed some skill and courage. I would definitely persevere with Kholi - which is more than can be said for some of the more experienced Indian players.

Posted by Shrescs on (January 14, 2012, 0:39 GMT)

Oh!! I had no idea the match/series was all about 'him' and 'his successes/failures'! :)

Posted by Number_5 on (January 14, 2012, 0:30 GMT)

From an Aus perspective it was always going to be tough batting first on that pitch, our bowlers put the balls in the right areas and were rewarded. You need to be disciplined to bat on a pitch like that and Kohli showed for the first time this series he is capable of playing at top level. What surprised me was the lack of application shown by India's tail, whom, if more disciplined could have pushed the score to 200. It was a very soft performance which they carried over into the field, rarely did they bowl 2 or 3 balls in a row that pressured the batsman and were punished accordingly. India are a great team but they have appeared to lack the mental discipline required to succeed in test cricket, regardless of the opponent. To hear some of their younger players saying 'wait till you get to india in our conditions' as was heard through the onfield microphones suggest some in the indian camp have thrown in the towel already. Cmon India, you are better than this show some fight!

Posted by xylo on (January 14, 2012, 0:19 GMT)

At this point, it looks like Saurav did the smart thing by retiring early. It must be heart-breaking for Dravid, Laxman and Sachin to head out of their test careers on such a low note.

Posted by RasCric on (January 14, 2012, 0:11 GMT)

Only an Indian can hold a press conf praising himself after making just 41 runs!

Posted by ARH1 on (January 14, 2012, 0:11 GMT)

Virat is 23 years old and has already played 74 one days and 7 test matches and he is complaining ? There are many heavy scorers in longer forms of domestic cricket who struggle to get a break. Badrinath is 31years and has played a grand total of 2 tests and 7 one days. Many such players from all parts of India languish. Any break such players get is quickly attributed to regional bias while long ropes are given to the likes of Virat because "they have talent". He needs to be thankful and not complain as he has already got much more than most people.

Posted by WC2011Champs on (January 14, 2012, 0:07 GMT)

LEAVE THIS KID ALONE ! He may not be next Sachin if he could score a hundred in second innings but he will be one of pillars of next batting lineup. He has all the virtues and talent. He has been very consistent in whatever format he played for India. He is just started playing test. Give him 10 tests then comment on him. Go after the other guys.

Posted by pritpalpabla on (January 14, 2012, 0:02 GMT)

I think he is learning with time.. We can't just let the player of this class go like that... he is indeed a future of India...

Posted by Sinhabahu on (January 13, 2012, 23:43 GMT)

@Vilander, that's correct. They may have only lost their homes ;D

Posted by Clive_Dunn on (January 13, 2012, 23:35 GMT)

Indeed Virat, they are difficult wickets in Australia. As evidenced by the way the Australians struggled when they came out to bat. Oh.

Posted by InnocentGuy on (January 13, 2012, 22:18 GMT)

If this isn't the worst, I don't know what is.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2012, 21:56 GMT)

Ya that's great Virat. Blame it on luck. Real mature for one who is pipped to be India's future captain.

Oh yes, we are so proud of your achievements in one day cricket. What a legend.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2012, 21:40 GMT)

They talk so much about 'luck' and 'things going your way' and they forget to mention that they are just not up to the standards to which the Aussies are playing. They are not as good as the Australians. As simple as that.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2012, 21:39 GMT)

Did he say all this trash after making 41? If he did good luck to him!

Posted by   on (January 13, 2012, 21:17 GMT)

Certainly, luck does come into play, but I think that so far Australia has created their own luck. Australia has come into the tests with a plan on how to bowl to the Indian batsmen and they have executed those plans admirably. By building pressure on the Indians they will eventually get those "lucky" wickets. Interestingly, the Australians have made no secret of their plans for the Indian batsmen and yet these batsmen still can't let a ball go by. If Kohli wants to become a great batsman, and he does have a lot of talent, then he's going to have get past the idea it's all bad luck and tough batting wickets. Maybe some hard work in the nets and a dose of responsibility might help.

Posted by Vilander on (January 13, 2012, 21:04 GMT)


Posted by gogoldengreens on (January 13, 2012, 20:58 GMT)

Kohli looks energetic which is something that India needs... too many of their batsman are content on hitting a boundry or strolling through for a single... Kohli looks like he tries to rotate strike & turn one's into twos etc and provides energy in field...

Posted by spinkingKK on (January 13, 2012, 20:55 GMT)

Kohli should not have worried about getting dropped if he was dropped for Sydney. Getting Dropped is not always a bad thing. Sometimes, it could mean that the team wanted to try someone new(Sharma) and it will come back to you later if you haven't done anything wrong. When you get that spot back, it could be yours for ever. Kohli did show promises in Melbourne and Sydney. But, I would have liked Rohit Sharma given a chance in this match. I would have liked both Kohli and Rohit in Sydney with Dravid or Gambhir dropped. Unfortunately, India doesn't make changes when the series is alive.

Posted by srisri on (January 13, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

Yeah sure.. our spiritless bowlers spray balls everywhere and Sure Aus will loose wickets in CLUSTERS.. not one or two...Stop dreaming. we r gonna loose this one by innings & 500 runs. Prove me wrong Mr. Kohli.

Posted by Buggsy on (January 13, 2012, 20:35 GMT)

I too couldn't understand why the Indians were calling for his head. He has plenty of talent and just needs to be given time. He'll come good, and the experience he's racking up now will be priceless when the older players retire.

Posted by Saket_Goel on (January 13, 2012, 20:27 GMT)

I know very soon test cricket will move to sub continent and these 80 runs partnerships will start converting to 150.

Mr Kohli, there is a famous Thomas Jefferson saying, "I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it."

Unfortunately, you are busy roaming around and shopping instead of concentrating and planning for next game/innings. At least make use of fantastic practice facilities in Perth.

Posted by Gamesmanship on (January 13, 2012, 20:25 GMT)

Well said Virat. I think you are right, so try to ignore the nay sayers and get on with the best of your abilities. I've been playing/watching cricket for atleast 45 years and have seen this sort of run-famine overcome every team in the world, so put your best foot forward and upward and onward you go. I hope the entire team are cheering each other up and encouraging each other.

Posted by Dashelan on (January 13, 2012, 20:18 GMT)

No, the second day of this test will be worse.

Posted by Aussieresurgance on (January 13, 2012, 19:10 GMT)

Geez, Mr Kohli - if you only measure a bad day of cricket by how long you field in a day, I am sure you have a long way to go in coming to a test cricket mindset!!! 'You cant go into your shell' - well, not in 20/20 no, but in test cricket, when your team is being thumped and you want to see out a session, you might learn from a similarly inexperienced Mr Cowan about leaving those deliveries alone.. Btw, bad luck on a couple of deliveries is one thing, but having bad luck in 3 consecutive test matches - now that's just making excuses. Why doesnt one of these players just come out and say it how it really is, 'we are getting flogged and we need to learn from this and try our best to fight back from here on'. That would have to be refreshing!! I dont recall the Aussies moaning about bad luck this time last year. Despite a bad series, at least they came back and gave the English something to think about in Perth.. Grind them into the dust tomorrow, Aussies, scar these blokes for years...

Posted by anexpat on (January 13, 2012, 18:58 GMT)

Kohli's credentials as a test batsman can not be absed on his ODI performaces. He has failed to demonstrate his one day capabilities at the test level so far despite his 44 in the current test.His two fifties were scored in India. The real test is out side the subcontinent on fast paced wickets. Until he shows his skills on these pitches he will be regarded as a very accomplished ODI and 20-20 player like Raina, Yuvraj and many other young players currently play ing shorter version .

Posted by leftarmtweaker on (January 13, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

Kohli is the perfect epitome of the modern youngster ; - too big for their boots. Kohli needs to remember that he is still a baby in international cricket. Pulling obscene gestures and making inappropriate comments are not going to make you a good or likened cricketer!

Posted by baskar_guha on (January 13, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

What if it is the worst day of test cricket for India in a long time? What can be done about it? Nothing in the short term. These kind of questions by the Indian press doesn't help anyone -- not the players, not the fans. Maybe it gets the press to sell newspapers or ad space. But that is pretty self serving and has no place in sports journalism.

Posted by crindo77 on (January 13, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

He is just thankful India could bat for one whole session, and Warner didn't violate him personally. Ishant Sharma sledging and Vinay Kumar bowling were signs that wheels have come off Team India Big time. Someone should make sure Duncan Fletcher doesnt get a heart attack. He is older than Bob Woolmer was and is not accustomed to this sort of shameless displays our Bharat Bhushans are putting up. Sadly all the good work that Saurav Ganguly and John Wright put in has been totally destroyed. India are now playing worse than they did in 99-00, except that theres no Gilchrist, Mcgrath, Warne or Waugh. This TEAM IS DONE. Forget rankings in Tests. The rot WILL spread to all forms of cricket India play.

Posted by amitgordon on (January 13, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

Kohli was asked if this was one of indias worst days in international cricket, he said no.. and then he said there are four more days to go.. i guess he meant that the worst day of international cricket for india will come in the next four days!!

Posted by Marcio on (January 13, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

Yapping on about bad luck just doesn't cut it, Kohli. Admit it. Your team has been outplayed and out-smarted in every department of the game. Deal with it.

Posted by big_al_81 on (January 13, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

I feel a bit sorry for Kohli, but onl a bit. He deserves a few more matches to see how he goes as I think he's got a chance of making it as a Test player but he needs to understand that you don't get into the situation India are in over the course of a 4 Test series through bad luck. They've been rubbish over the last 5 or 6 days of Test cricket, not unlucky. In England they were just as bad. It's not bad luck that makes you lose 7 successive away Test matches, it's bad cricket. He also needs to realise that 50s at home against weak sides don't mean much over 5 innings against the Aussies in Australia.

Posted by Rahulbose on (January 13, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

They look a defeated side. Even when batting well they seem to be waiting for the inevitable collapse and that fear makes failure a reality. Seniors in the team should at least have the guts to the media after such a day. Why send a young player to face the music?

Posted by cricketeria on (January 13, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

Kohli's last comment says a bit: it's not the worst day of cricket because India have had to FIELD for a longer time. So the Indian team doesn't like to be kept fielding, maybe they get hot/tired easily. So 161 all out then 149/0 is not so bad as having to field for more than a day. Says a lot about the Indian team.

Posted by kevivnajar on (January 13, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

I agree with kohli..he is just 23 years old.. And has around 10 years of cricket in him.. We have seen how he scores in ODI. He is not an insane hitter or smasher, or a powerplay player... He is a middle order player who scores in singles and two's... He shouldn't be under pressure to retain his test spot.. Atleast not so early in his career.. If you want change, drop the seniors and bring in more youngsters..

Posted by   on (January 13, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

Dont worry VIRAT: test will get over by day 3 : indian team will get extra 2 days for go karting.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

Third class show: please cancel the tour and come back save india pride.


Posted by   on (January 13, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

Immature kid!!!

Posted by Dhivakaran on (January 13, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

>>>"I don't rate this as the worst day of Test cricket I have experienced." --- Only because its going to become worse on the next 2/3 days!!

Posted by   on (January 13, 2012, 17:03 GMT)


Posted by Ehsan_Satti on (January 13, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

Many Cricinfo writers has nothing to write. This is really funny to me and i am sure many other has also noticed this fact. I was really waiting for such a day when all stats and expectations are dumped. Its good for cricket and also good for cricket fans

Posted by   on (January 13, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

Typical Indian comments. Always complaining, always making excuses, always putting the blame on others. If India is not worst performers on foreign soil they definitely are the most whining lot one would ever come across.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2012, 16:38 GMT)

Good, it is time to bring Ganguly & make him captain. Juniors will only dig Indian cricket further. Let seniors rule.

Posted by Mitcher on (January 13, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

So, did Dhoni front the media after play? I appreciate other players occasionally do the duties on different days but after such a hiding surely it is the captains responsibility to front up. Not one of the most junior members of the side?

Posted by   on (January 13, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

Why is Kholi bringing luck into the Indian team performance. Bad luck should not continue for 7 test matches on the trot.

Posted by ToTellUTheTruth on (January 13, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

Worst day....worst month for all the idiotic fans like me. BCCI, use your muscle and call of this humiliation. Don't let this match go into a 3rd day. Get that plane ready.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

So, the guy who can not remember how many runs were scored (kohli) is going to replace men who know how they got out each time (sachin and dravid). It's very easy to spot the difference in their commitment, forget about skills. Great days ahead for Indian cricket.

Posted by Nampally on (January 13, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

Collapsing for 161 & giving the opposition 150 for no loss @ nearly 7 runs/over? Couldn't get any worse! How can any team collapse for such meagerly total whilst the opposition make a mockery of the bowling. The problem is no Indian batsman thinks in terms of centuries any more. They aim low at 30 as the target. Gambhir was shoulder arming the balls outside the off till he reached 30 and then committed the same mistake again - his 5th. Sehwag, Laxman, Dhoni all fell the same way. When will these guys learn that "Patience is Virtue", which they do not have. Aussies are bowling balls wide of the off stump. Just leave them alone. Play straight bat shots only. If you follow these 2 rules, the Aussie bowlers cannot take your wicket. This is how Indian batsmen got out. Indians need to plan where to bowl - on or outside the off stump & stay there at good length spot. No one is doing it so the runs are flowing like a River.No discipline in bowling or batting. How can this team Win?

Posted by ram7671 on (January 13, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

Virat Kohli should thank his lucky stars that he belongs to the North of Vindhyas and was able to be a part of the team for the third test despite some ordinary performances in this series. He seemed to have forgot that the third best bowler (sic) and the second best batsman was axed ostensibly for poor performance. No offence meant to Virat for he is a long term prospect for Indian cricket.

Posted by netcricketfan4ever on (January 13, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

While Kohli is an arrogant guy, I would still give him some more time in Test cricket. In any case, the Indian batting bench strength for Tests doesn't look too good anyways. Rohit, Kohli, Pujara et. all all need time and probably lots of time. The selectors have to persist with them and give them a decent run rather than keep changing players. Glad India are down, this is the best thing to happen to their cricket, provided BCCI and their fans wake up from their deep slumber. While there is an iota of hope about the new batting, the bowling is pathetic and even if the Indian batsmen can score 500+, they don't have the bowling to dismiss the opposition twice. Guys like Vinay Kumar can probably find a place in only an Indian XI. Unbelievable dearth of fast bowling talent. Teams from the sub continent are going downhill. Pak seems to be the only hope but their batting is equally vulnerable to seaming/swinging conditions. Look forward to the Eng-Pak test seriesl

Posted by doosra95 on (January 13, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

Virath you are a pretender too big for your boots.You act like a super star when u r a just nobody, learn to play test on Fast tracks then u will be something, or you will end up with over inflated averages like u r so called super star batsman in team india.

Posted by KarthicMahadevan on (January 13, 2012, 15:43 GMT)

Kohli--What are you crying about?this was your golden ticket to becoming a hero and you lost it...All you had to do is leave the difficult balls and stick around in the wicket till it becomes easy. Our Indian crickets have lost the patience after playing in T--20 format..TEST cricket is about testing your patience. Vinay Kumar is a joke.. He has been selected to replace another player from South India Ashwin ( Quota system ) and thats why Ojha was not included as there are 2 bowlers already from N.India (Ishant Sharma & Umesh) ...Drop Shewag- has he even scored a hundred in the last 20 innings ouside India. We were getting out in a hurry to get in line for the lunch buffet!!!

Posted by InnocentGuy on (January 13, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

If this isn't the worst, then I don't know what is. Or it's just that the team is mentally prepared for far worse situations. That's always a good sign, is it not?

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 13, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

kohli has a point. its as funny as it was people questioning shaun marsh. just a joke. these fools need to realise when they see a talented player.

Posted by SAcricFan on (January 13, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

Even though Im not a big fan of Virat Kohli I do blieve he is the future for Indian cricket, he needs to play indefinitly without the fear of being dropped, Sharma and Pujara also needs to play, these guys are the only future India has at the moment so drop the old and move forward with the youth!!!

Posted by   on (January 13, 2012, 15:35 GMT)

Sad truth about Indian media and so called experts is that if you go for your shots and get out they question your technique, but if you bat like a snail, and only defensive and even you get bowled 4 times in 5 innings you get called the wall with best technique....

Why isnt any one questioning Dravid, he has failed again and again, dropped sitters, - this has been his pattern last 3-4 years, and he has scored runs only in the Eng and WI series..after giving repeated chances...and now he is back to his disgusting self

Posted by samudralakiku on (January 13, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

I agree with Kohli in a way. Why no one talks about dropping Sehwag or moving him down the order when he is playing mindless cricket. Is he not responsible enough to play for India. I believe he is the main culprit for India's problems. He exposes the middle order to new ball in most matches. In my opinion he is the first one that should be dropped and the old seniors and clueless dhoni should be next in line. Kohli will perform well once he gets enough experience.

Posted by spot_on on (January 13, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

Well said Kohli... That, My good man, is a Character... Hand this man a Captaincy and pull in some young blokes.. He can turn things around in Indian Cricket. I see a lil Punter in this fella. Cricinfo... Do publish. God bless y'all... Another Aussie Victory

Posted by AbdullahShaikh on (January 13, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

I think it is not fair to put so much pressure on a young player like Kohli. He is the future Tendulkar. This is his first tour to Australia. He would have learnt a lot from this series and frankly speaking when you compare his performance against the seniors in the team you will find that he was not all that bad in the situation. I think the fab 3 and fab 4 are a spent force now. it is time to draft in A.Rahane, R.Sharma and S.Raina, how the selectors do it, it is their headache, but this is the way forward. Also enough of Ishant. if ishant is to be persisted for so long then i get the feeling that the selectors were too harsh with Sreesant. Actually both of them deserve to go. bring in some youngsters and if you want to add some experience in the bowling dept then Irfan Pathan is back from injury and i am told doing well in the county circuit. he has got back his swing and like Ashwin can also give some hope with the batting.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

Mr kohli, can you please go n these some lame excuses somewhere else, I know for the fact you are not a test cricketer I have been following you from under 19 days , u are not even close to rohit, he is our future star. N let me tell u one thing u won't last long u end is very near , it's coz of ur attitude ... For once stop talking n play cricket . U have disgraced whole of india

Posted by RoJayao on (January 13, 2012, 15:06 GMT)

Oh my upon reading this it seems obvious to me that what India really needs is a psychologist! If Kohli genuinely believes their problems are just a bit of bad luck and things just haven't gone their way, they are in even bigger trouble! All week the Indians, team, fans and media, have been stressing about the pitch and have only psyched themselves out of the game before it even started. Completely delusional.

Posted by RoJayao on (January 13, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

Oh my upon reading this it seems obvious to me that what India really needs is a psychologist! If Kohli genuinely believes their problems are just a bit of bad luck and things just haven't gone their way, they are in even bigger trouble! All week the Indians, team, fans and media, have been stressing about the pitch and have only psyched themselves out of the game before it even started. Completely delusional.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

Kohli should not be trying to play the victim's game. "I don't know why people always want me to be dropped, I have scored 8 international hundreds" shouldn't be the kinds of things you want to say to the media. I think we all understand that this tour is extremely hard on all these guys - adjusting to Aussie conditions has never been easy for India and our sympathy goes out to you guys. Virat will be an Indian Batting Legend in the years to come - but for right now, he is a talented youngster who has to fight for his spot in the team. In that role, you have to take everything that comes with it - cop the criticism, take the bad decisions in your stride, deal with bad patches of form and keep working hard.

Virat will one day be our hero - I have no doubt in mind about that. But the road to that is a long arduous one and there are no shortcuts to the destination!

Posted by Noboundary on (January 13, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

Kohli is very immature and needs to be counseled ...otherwise we may a lose a budding cricketer with great talent prematurely! He has the potential to become a great all rounder.... but I think T20 success and lack of self discipline may destroy this great talent.

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Posted by AsherCA on (January 13, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

Virat - you are definitely a very good player. It is actually unfair of Srikanth, N Srinivasan & Dhoni to expect Gambhir, Sehwag, Sachin & you to carry the deadweight of Laxman & Dravid. Dhoni is sensibly keeping those 2 good-for-nothings clearly out of the media light. I guess India needs to lose this series 4-0 in order that Srikanth, Dhoni & Srinivasan are required to get rid of this old junk in the Indian middle order. Dropping them would have given him time away from the spotlight to fix their batting issues & come back better OR go in peace. However - Srikanth is possibly misusing them to reserve positions for Murli Vijay & Badrinath. If Rohit Sharma / Pujara come in & perform, those NORTH indians would end up occupying slots that Srikanth & Srinivasan want to reserve for SOUTH indians. India losing a few games, Dravid & Laxman getting their reputations ripped apart are all acceptable prices to these narrow-minded jokers.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

all hollow arrogance..pick Rohit.. He's been in impeccable form. Being wasted on the bench..

Posted by   on (January 13, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

I really feel for the youngster. but he will learn and will be back should he be dropped

Posted by ShashidharHundi on (January 13, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

Its true. You can't axe Kohli at this stage. He is future of Indian cricket along with Rohit, Raina (may not be in Tests) and few others. He has a talent and for sure he will be the main batting stay in Australia when Indian tour Australia in 2014. He may be captain as well by then.

Posted by Romenevans on (January 13, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

Australian media is just creating unnecessary pressure on this kid. Let this kid alone and im 10000% sure he'll come good. At least the way he reacts to his failure shows that he has hunger to fight and prove a point, compared to those old giants that surrender the moment team goes down. He needs time and he will become a good test players. Today even he is the highest scorer in the line-up and looked good. When sachin, dravid and laxman came into the test scene they also took 10-15 test matches to started scoring big runs, then why the heck people are nagging on Virat's neck? Who else do you have to replace him with when the future is concerned. Laxman? How long you want to play that ROBOT? who give away at least 20 runs per match by his poor fielding and then don't score as well. Virat, Rohit, Ajinkya and Pujara are India's batting future. Give them same amount of time what these Dravids, sachins and laxmans took for starting scoring big. Its time for the giants to leave the game.

Posted by razor_91 on (January 13, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

need new bowling coach for india.... i think WASIM AKRAM s d best option for it.... duncan fletcher must be sacked.... our batsmens should step up n fight.....

Posted by JustOUT on (January 13, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

Boy Kohli-- Not taking your ODI reputation. Your too good a player to miss in ODI. Boy there is a diff btw RED & WHITE ball. RED ball is used in TEST cricket and you need patience to hit that RED ball. If you think since you played well in ODI, you can play TEST cricket.. then Raina, Yuvraj and lots of IPL heroes can play TEST cricket for India. Also, dont talk abt LUCK. Then i will say, India were No.1 due to LUCK. will you accept that?

Posted by ahweak on (January 13, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

"Was this your worst day? No,we still have four days left..." is he trying to say that the worst is yet to come?

Posted by Dannymania on (January 13, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

Virat Kohli,I think,is the best of the lot of new players that the indians have gotten.He is absolutely right when he says that he has made 8 centuries in ODIs and that cannot be a fluke.He has to be in the team,he just deserves it.Some would say,Rohit sharma is a better option,and no doubt rohit sharma is also a tremendously talented batsman.But Kohli is special.Indians have found a diamond in Kohli,and it would be disappointing to see him being dropped from the team.Its an absolute shame to see a player like kohli being worried about getting dropped from the team.How can he perform at his 100% if he is worried about being dropped?!And here,Kohli was the top scorer and he is being scolded,when he should be praised.Others couldn't even get good starts let alone thinking about converting them into big scores.He atleast got a start.Grow up people,praise him,he is going to be a great player.

Posted by on (January 13, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

how come Kohli, Raina keep gettin chances in Test Cricket! Kohli might be a classic ODI player, but he has to prove in Test matches too (likes of Yuvraj was not able to).. and a player like Badrinath was just give 2 test matches to prove himself, (still he got a half century in one the three innings he batted) if he was to be dropped after 2 matches, then i think Kohli should be too..

Posted by   on (January 13, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

luck is very important thing in cricket ? this statement shows why we can only hope for ODI and T20 games success and not test matches success with such players temperament. dont mean to be abusive to kohli but seriously we need to learn the art of fighting from australians. they never give up till the last ball is bowled. i dont see other cricket boards dealing too much with excuses like injuries,luck etc.for all the much publicly vaunted stats of previous tours to Oz...everyone forgets we have never faced mcgrath and warne there in the previous series.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

Kohli doesnt rate this as the worst, he is expecting even worse than this wowww..... i wanna see that happen

Posted by Krisheyet on (January 13, 2012, 14:12 GMT) are new to test . So you need time to adapt .but failure of all batsmen mean we should give a chance to some body play good cricket in first class match same as test .we need a place for rohit.

Posted by indianpunter on (January 13, 2012, 14:11 GMT)

Never mind the brave face. Kohli is towing the official line, which is fine. But, India has some serious soul searching to do. Where do we go from here.? 1. Its time for at least 3 players in the indian team, Laxman, sehwag and Dravid to go. Laxman or Dravid has to be dropped in the next test itself for sharma. 2. Dhoni as test captain has to go. How can he captain such a rag tag team of no gooders? 3. Do a detailed review after the tour- leave no stone unturned. Question everything. the setup, the machinery, the support staff.. ( yes, i am dreaming). This collective denial ( all is well) does not work. Emphasise fitness, commitment and performance ( what is Zaheer Khan doing in the field and with the bat?) India is paying the price of non chalance and lack of planning. I saw this indian team practice in Perth 2 days ago, and the body language was distinctively defeatist.

Posted by Rags57 on (January 13, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

Kohli needs to remember that there are four more days to go only if India puts up a strong fight to take the match into the fifth day. What the whole of India expects from them now is grit, determination and a never-say-die spirit. Bowling consistent lines, and showing some real energy on the field is the least they can do. If they show true commitment and professionalism, luck will favor them some time during this test.

Posted by Raj12345 on (January 13, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

I will ask you simple question to you Kohli. The why you and Shoni reluctant give same chances to people like Pujara, Badri, Ranahe & Tiwary. When they fail in one match, you are hurrying to remove them. If it happens to you, then looking for mercy. Are you waiting to play in flat pitch in India then. Is it not true that Pujara should be playing in your place now in this AUS tour and cleverly he is been sidelined and you people paying the price now?

You are very very good ODI batsman, we need you there for long term. quit test cricket and play there. More ever, you are not Sachin to play in all formats.

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