India in England 2014

'Expect Kohli to get at least three hundreds'

Sanjay Manjrekar analyses the strengths and weaknesses of India's middle-order contenders touring England

Sanjay Manjrekar

July 6, 2014

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"He's not prepared to fail"

One of the smartest batsmen around, a lot is riding on the very confident Virat Kohli. With no apparent weakness, he should avoid playing away from his body early on in his innings till his feet start moving well. Given the opposition bowling attack and the kind of form Kohli is in, there should be no surprises if he notches up lots of runs on the tour.

"A bit temperamental"

After a dream start to his Test career, Rohit Sharma has had a bit of reality check on the South Africa and New Zealand tours. Maybe he is suffering from insecurity regarding his place in the team, which have led him to misjudge length on certain occasions. Relying more on defence and rotating the strike when early on at the crease should serve him good and if he gets going, he will surely be difficult to stop.

"Vulnerable to getting out lbw"

Ajinkya Rahane shows good balance on the crease and can accelerate at will to score quick runs. Playing on the up, trying to fetch balls outside off stump with loose hands and playing across the line should be avoided to succeed. Given his appetite for big runs, if Rahane gets going early on in the series, he is bound to end up with a very successful one.

"He is still the man to score under pressure"

Compared to other Indian batsmen, MS Dhoni does not seem to have a problem against pace and bounce, which should work in his favour. A known weakness against the ball pitched outside the off stump could be exploited by the opposition, but if Dhoni could rattle bowlers by playing big shots early in his innings, it could get him going.

Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar is a cricket commentator and presenter on TV. @sanjaymanjrekar

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Posted by opto_pus on (July 10, 2014, 23:13 GMT)

'Expect Kohli to get at least three hundreds'he scored a total of 1 test run wow what a test great in the making Kohli is. Kohli the batsman and Ishant the great Indian bowler I can see the Aussies shaking in their boots about facing these two.

Posted by Sultan2007 on (July 9, 2014, 9:17 GMT)

Yes, Kohli and Pujara can each get 3 hundreds...but only if the openers do their job. And if Kohli and Pujara get hundreds after the openers having done their job, it is highly probable that Rahane and Rohit could get 3 figures as well. 100-0 and 35+ overs should be the Mantra. Chances are at this stage Anderson and Braod would have gone through 2 spells of 6 overs each and will have left 16 or so of the remaining 55. If they bowl more, that is fine s it will serve India well for the remainder of the 5 match series! The flip side of course, is equally true if India' need to get breakthroughs early. The goal should be to always have Prior and Stokes come in to bat under pressure.They are capable of taking the game away otherwise, batting as low down as they do

Posted by Sultan2007 on (July 9, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

I am really excited about this series.India may well lose. But the potential of unearthing tremendus upsides forthe future is enormous. It kind of feels like the 1996 tour in that respect, when Rahul Dravid and Saurav Ganguly were discovered. Pujara and Kohli can enhance their reputations in 2014. Rohit and Rahane can come through. Could be a big one for Dhawan and Vijay as well. The wonderful thing is that this team is so full of potential. And not to forget Bhuvi and Shami! If this potential in unleashed in this series, it could be a thing of beauty!

Posted by cricketsubh on (July 8, 2014, 13:28 GMT)

i do not think that kholi make 3 100s i want india goes for win not thinking about personal 100s or runs making 100 when ur team wining is lot batter then lose or draw kholi makes 6 100s 3 of them in aus,sa,nz but what happen vs aus ind lose by innings vs nz match got draw vs sa almost they lose the match i think indian player is to much focusing on making 100s but when the big time comes they fails to save the team from losing ,2011 aus vs sa in a green track clarke make great 100s u ever see in the cricket field but aus lose and after the lose a commentator ask clarke to say about his knock but clarke replays their no meaning to it becoz australia lose thats the attitude indian team to learn wining not just scoring 100s .plz publish cricinfo plz plz plz

Posted by   on (July 8, 2014, 1:52 GMT)

wont be surprised if england wins. India is playing with 10 while they play 11. we have ishant sharma, the spearhead...

Posted by itismenithin on (July 7, 2014, 12:50 GMT)

Interesting observation on the different techniques of the batsmen, but i think Sanjay has downplayed some of the weakness of MSD and Rohit, they got some glaring issues to address and not just slight technical flaws.

Posted by arup_g on (July 7, 2014, 11:57 GMT)

Let's not heap the pressure on Kohli, just like we have done for many many years with Tendulkar. Like Ganguly and Dravid shared the responsibilities and run scoring pressures, hopefully Pujara and Rohit do the same.

Rohit needs to have a very good series to really cement his place in the batting line up. He has flashes of brilliance, but never consistency so it's about time he showed that he is here to stay.

Looking forward to India's top 6 scoring 400+, which then allows Dhoni to play his natural aggressive game later on to push for declaration!

Posted by   on (July 7, 2014, 7:16 GMT)

sanjay u r out of ur mind ....3 hundreds ... hope he gets one ... this is not an srilankan attack .. in indian conditons .. its england.. hope he scores.. i wont be surprised if he score less thn 25 on more thn 3 occasions ..

Posted by   on (July 7, 2014, 1:19 GMT)

The expectation is mainly because of SL win against England. SL though they do not have superstars in their lineup always have done better than India when they tour abroad. It will be 70-30 in England's favor thanks to India's bowling. They will struggle to take 20 wickets which is the key to win test matches.

Posted by Nampally on (July 6, 2014, 23:44 GMT)

Summary of Sanjay's assessment of the Indian batting: "No Reason why Pujara should not succeed in England" + "Expect Kohli to get 3 hundreds". Why is Kohli's batting quantified in term of Centuries, why is Pujara given a vague assessment? Is not "Expect" synonymous to "Prediction"? I hope both Pujara & Kohli will succeed in England so that Indian batting can put up a good total. However I wish to add that Cricket is a glorious but unpredictable game - that is why it is a great game - bit like our Life! No one can "predict/expect" the runs to be scored by any player- just like no one can predict one's life in terms of years- let alone number of Centuries a Cricketer can get in a series. I wondered what is the basis of Sanjay Manjrekar's Prediction! As an Indian Fan I will be thrilled if he does get 3 centuries. But even the Great Don Bradman could not get 4 runs needed to make his Test average100, in his last innings- bowled for a Duck by an unknown Test Debutant!.

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