England v India, 2nd ODI, Cardiff

Kohli's 'aggressive' response fails to break duck

Nagraj Gollapudi

August 27, 2014

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Virat Kohli's English summer of discontent is not over. His duck in Cardiff was the third on this tour after he failed to open his account twice during the five-match Test series. But his latest failure is likely to ring loud in Kohili's ears considering just before the start of play he had said that he was ready to "express" himself and "play aggressive" during the ODI series. Kohli said that it was a format where he felt comfortable and was confident that India could bounce back after the 3-1 defeat Test series.

"The Test series was a bit difficult. In a five-game series when you don't get going and you keep getting out, it is pretty difficult to comeback," Kohli told the former England batsman Nick Knight in an interview with Sky Sports. "We got a few days off, had a good practice game, got a few runs there. This format has always been where I express myself, don't think too much, don't pressurize myself too much. Just going to go out there, I back myself and play some aggressive cricket."

True to his word Kohli charged Chris Woakes, facing just his third ball, and drilled a drive straight into the hands of England captain Alastair Cook, who accepted the gift with a warm smile at mid-off. Even Kohli might admit that it was too much, too soon considering Shikhar Dhawan had departed earlier in the same over.

During the pre-match interview Kohli had been all bravado. Much maligned for his performance during the Pataudi Trophy where he had an aggregate of 139 runs from 10 innings, with a highest score of 39, Kohli said the change of formats was a good cure for his struggles.

"It is very easy to connect the two, but as a professional cricketer you have got to separate different formats and start afresh every game and every series. You have got to forget what has happened and try to play the best cricket you can in whatever is coming your way."

Kohli added that despite the failures of the Indian batsmen, they were now better equipped to deal with the challenges during the ODI series, reduced to four matches after the Bristol game was washed out on Monday. He also said having won the Champions Trophy last year in England gave the team an extra bit of confidence.

"Having been here for a month-and-a-half obviously helps a lot as well. What areas to hit when you are batting and bowling. We are going to be better prepared than we were in Champions Trophy. That was probably one of our best performances, [where we] surprised everyone. I hope we can play according to the conditions and whatever is thrown at us."

Despite being just 25 years old, Kohli has registered 19 ODI centuries, and is a close third behind the South African pair of Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers on the ICC rankings in the 50-over format. He is already the third-highest century-maker for India, after Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly (only three behind Ganguly) and it has taken Kohli only six years to get there.

When Knight pointed out the feat Kohli, modest yet proud, said that he had worked hard and committed to a plan which made him climb to the heights only a few great batsmen have reached.

"It is quite surreal when I sit back and think about it. I didn't expect myself to be here so early. I have worked hard. Things have come my way and I have grabbed the opportunities that have come my way," he said. "The thing I look to do is win the game for the team till the end. And that is why I have gone on to make the three-figure mark more than a few occasions because I want to make the team win. It is not about me scoring a hundred. It is about making sure the team crosses the line or when I am batting first making sure the team gets a decent total on the board. So I look to bat throughout. That has been my strength."

On this occasion, however, that strength proved his downfall.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by android_user on (August 29, 2014, 7:51 GMT)

if kohli goes runs less for whole year he can't be dropped because he has earned his spot in the team. he just needs one knock to get goin

Posted by Srini9 on (August 28, 2014, 18:21 GMT)

Virat, is a wonderful top batting order player, his ambitions of foolishness not making him a one of the top players Indian's make. There are reasons for this, 1). Virat himself thinks as he is (following day on day stupid gossip from tele channels) going to be automatic choice as a skipper replacing Mr. Dhoni, that's the first and worst thought Virat and other players must erase from their mind-sets, and start playing for the team, that they are representing. 2). Mr. Dhoni is a wonderful team man, a great well wisher of the team and players success. I don't know what others think including Pundits, Mr. Dhoni must carry on leading the team for a long time to come from now. All of Indian cricket fans must and must wish Mr. Dhoni carries on as a player, keeper and leading the team until he retires. The finest Great Indian bunch like Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Anil Kumble, they all played with him, wished him, blessed him and retired happily. Fletcher shouldn't be coaching Indian Team....

Posted by   on (August 28, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

@Sesachalam - Kohli is probably the best batsman available to Dhoni. I know Kohli has not been scoring of late, we do need to give him a break so he can sort out whatever problems he has got. One option before trying to drop him would be - give him a few games lower in the order, maybe a batting line-up that read - Dhawan, Sharma, Rahane, Raina, Dhoni, Kohli, ....... That way, at least in ODI's, unless the others decide to simply chuck a match, Kohli would come in after 30-over mark, when the ball would not swing as much. Gives him a better chance at getting a few balls off the middle of the bat & once that happens, a batsman's confidence improves....form would turn around.

Posted by Sagarneel on (August 28, 2014, 14:50 GMT)

The only way to get him back to form is by India batting second chasing a 300+ target.

Posted by wapuser on (August 28, 2014, 13:40 GMT)

Kohli will surely be back in form the next match and show his class

Posted by AnyoneButVettel on (August 28, 2014, 10:07 GMT)

Watched highlights of this match on Sky Sports last night - I didn't see a single ball from Mohit. What does that say?

Posted by newrichhater on (August 28, 2014, 8:49 GMT)

Well done India ! Anyway it was England's horrible weakness against spinners which helped India. But one must not forget that India's is a second rate spin attack and this would be hammered at the world cup by Pakistan, Sri Lanka and even Bangladesh who have no problem with spinners. India needs to think afresh about its bowling strategy at the world cup. India still has time to further groom Varun Aaron, Yadav, Shami and Pankaj as a pack and replace Dhoni with a young and dynamic wicket keeper who could handle genuine pace.

Posted by Mindmaker on (August 28, 2014, 6:42 GMT)

In a world where crazed people demand instant and constant gratification, I really feel for most of the people who live in the limelight. They are not allowed to fail but simple logic tells you that, being the humans they are, they have to pass through a bad patch like all of us. Kohli is a very capable batsman who just needs to regain his mojo. We tend to forget very quickly his demonstrations in the recent past of what he is capable of.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2014, 6:18 GMT)

wow .. the comments!! i think rest the whole Indian team and make a playing 11 out of these guys instead !

Posted by   on (August 28, 2014, 5:56 GMT)

Kohli has a long long way to go to become a superstar in test cricket. He is a very good ODI player although he failed today. He does not command the same respect and regard commanded by Sangakkara or Mahela who are down to earth well mannered human beings. BCCI tried to boss ICC by dragging England and Australia into it on the their financial strength. But unless India can back up that with performance in all formats it will not mean anything. The ODI series has just begun and there is no need to arrive at hasty conclusions. England might bounce back. In Eng-SL ODI series similar one sided matches took place until SL clinched the series in the final game. But England are not getting the process correct by playing virtually same XI in ODIs and Tests.

Posted by Naresh28 on (August 28, 2014, 5:46 GMT)

@melbourne - Indian cricket knows about what Kohli has achieved. And for your info his hundreds have been everywhere not just in India. Just because the bulk of India's games are in India does not mean he is a flat track bully. He still has to score to get those big innings against opposition

Posted by prakash_mishra on (August 28, 2014, 5:27 GMT)

I kind of feel for him. I think Continuous cricket leaves these indian batsmen with no time to overcome the technical issues. The IPL might have brought aggrssion but it has taken away the patience which is the cornerstone of batting in Tests and also in ODI. The teams that score 350 hits may be 30-40 out of 300 balls to the boundary.Rest of the deliveries are either defended, left or placed around for singles and twos. Thus it is important to learn good defensive technique in addition to aggressive shot making to become a proper batsman. These conditions are true test of a batsman's technique and only technically sound batsman can be successful in such conditions. Kohli has the aggression component but lacks that defensive temperament. He bats at number three. Ideally a no. 3 should look to play more conservatively till 35-40 overs and then pace his innings and try to bat longer. He has played long innings in the past, but to succeed in such conditions he needs to learn to be patient.

Posted by S.Seshachalam on (August 28, 2014, 5:15 GMT)

No more discussion required on Kohli or any other created super stars!! Let's follow the simple logic. Kohli has failed in all the 5 tests in the recent series and now in the ODI. Hence he does not warrant a place in the side as of now. Let's give him a break for the next 3 ODIs. Let him go back to India and play in domestic cricket and work hard to get back into the team with some good form. No need to bank on past performances and reputations. This yardstick needs to be adapted for each and every player in team India. Hope the selectors are awake!!

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (August 28, 2014, 4:52 GMT)

The picture in this article says it all. Does he really look like the Kholi of the past? Humbled to the extreme depths of the earth by English bowlers and conditions. Sorry to say, he may be playing his last few games because no country would allow a player to stay in the national team only to perform in home conditions. He's a fading star with no hope of shinning again.

Posted by RaviUnadkat on (August 28, 2014, 3:02 GMT)

Mr Kohli, when you say a "five-game series when you don't get going and you keep getting out, it is pretty difficult to comeback," what do you need a 10 test series to come back, what an answer to your horror form. Champion players or a good human being have guts to say, yes I was down and out but I am not over - I will roll on English in ODI. Excuse and more excuse is the only thing Indians have done. Forget about Kohli none of the Indian player is talking straight, they talk somethig not relavant to current context and then go away.

Thanks to Raina that we were saved from another defeat. England are not good ODI side, but neither India is when they play overseas. No matter if India wins by 4-0 this series, the pain wat 3-1 loss gave is way too much. I am sure Poojara (the most sensible) would still be waking up from his deepest sleep.

Posted by KW-SL on (August 28, 2014, 3:00 GMT)

Kholi has true class & passion so he will come back strongly! so should not drop him just because of recent failure!!! wish him all the best from a Sri Lankan fan!

Posted by Hiba.R on (August 28, 2014, 0:44 GMT)

Players who live in the past fades with time....Kohli could become a good player but can never be a GREAT like Tendulkar or Dravid or Gavaskar. The reason is the lack of technique like these greats possessed. Today he was positively foolish, costing 2 wickets in the same over, after Dhawan getting out in the same usual repeat of technical error. Aggression is god in a batsmen but has to be mixed with smart application, we are yet to see any positive contribution from Kohli in this long tour of England.

Over confidence and IPLish shots are destroying Kohli in test matches, it's likely that we get to see some batting in the remaining ODIs....as he himself admitted he is comfortable with this format. Dhawan need to be rested, so should Jadeja be, play Karan Sharma to make spin attack lethal. Sanju Samson be given opportunity, Dhoni is slowing down lets have Saha replace him. Dhawal Kulkarni is luke warm bowler, we have better options available. Sehwag should be given one last chance....

Posted by   on (August 27, 2014, 23:53 GMT)

New captain Raina dhoni as a keeper in ODI bring Karan sharma instead of Jaddu bring Rayadu and sanju .Give kohli and dhawan a break.Varon .Give bhuvi a break

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (August 27, 2014, 23:47 GMT)

He is no longer a danger man. He failed completely this tour of England. He needs to work out on his technique out side of the off stump He has been exposed and bowlers know where to bowl him.

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (August 27, 2014, 23:40 GMT)

If you are really good player you should perform out side India test or ODI.

Posted by bookie7600 on (August 27, 2014, 23:27 GMT)

All you naysayers will be made to eat up your words pretty soon! Kohli is a special talent especially in ODI cricket and there is a reason as to why he has a bucket full of 100's ! In fact he is half a step ahead of Sachin in ODI. He knows how to pace a one day inning and he will correct his mistakes in the coming games- NO NEED TO REST THIS GUY IN THIS FORMAT !

Posted by AnoMaLy on (August 27, 2014, 22:41 GMT)

Fans calling for Kohli to be dropped are just saying that purely based on emotion. If you watched the game out of the three balls he faced he middled the first two and middled the third one as well except he couldnt get the elevation needed. Yes he could have just played the shot to the ground but he wanted to blast his way into form and show his authority in ODI that he is so famous for. There is nothing wrong with this and lot of GOOD batsman do that to get back into form. Kohli is a match away from gaining form and then all the fans will be chirping his name again.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (August 27, 2014, 21:51 GMT)

What a nightmare tour for Kohli. If this form continues, I foresee huge problems for India's World Cup 2015 plans. Kohli is perhaps one of the only batsman (along with Dhoni) who looks comfortable enough in Aus/NZ conditions. If Kohli's form is out of touch, India might have an early exit. The IPL is notorious for giving out of form players amazing form and taking away form from in-form players. It looks like the latter has occurred to Kohli. He was in amazing form in South Africa and lost it during the IPL

Posted by android_user on (August 27, 2014, 20:50 GMT)

Drop Dhawan and Kholi. Send them back to perform in the CLT. Use Sanju and get Rahane to open.

Posted by snbirdi on (August 27, 2014, 20:39 GMT)

Ahh the Indian cricket fan! Truly the perfect example of the short attention span, internet generation. Before you call for this man to be dropped, take a breather and remember the moments when Kohli single-handedly took India to so many wins. The greats we sing about today like Sachin, Lara, Ponting, Kallis, Jayawardene ... all of them, were not perfect and had bad outings. Dropping will only hinder his confidence, not boost it. Take a sip of tea, calm down and let the class of Kohli reveal itself again.

Posted by wake_up_india on (August 27, 2014, 20:30 GMT)

Being dropped from the team should not be seen as a humiliation but as an aid to recovery. Unfortunately, not used to the hire and fire culture of the West, our players are emotionally unequipped to deal with such events, not barring even the recently retired God of Indian cricket.

Posted by SILVEREX on (August 27, 2014, 20:14 GMT)

For goodness sake drop Kholi , Dhawan for a couple of matches and bring in Sanju Samson instead. Learn from ACB of axing non performing players.

Posted by basusri133b on (August 27, 2014, 19:36 GMT)

Kohli, needs to take a short break, re-group, work on his technique in the nets or elsewhere and give it another shot. His continuing inability to score runs is affecting the team. No body is denying that he is a class batsman, but ultimately performance is the bench mark that determines a batsman's place in a team. No exceptions.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2014, 19:27 GMT)

Sure, he will come back in form. He performed everywhere well, not only in Asian continent. His fall is somebody's target.

Posted by I_Love_My_India on (August 27, 2014, 18:53 GMT)

There are games where he singly took India to win. I guess we should leave him alone and let him concentrate and take out these sort of "not-in-form" thoughts from his mind. He has 4 centuries scored outside India which tells clearly that he is able to do things which were a mirage for other batsmen. Also, he has to take out his bad behavior and curb his aggressiveness when it gets wrong. Hoping to see his come back....

~A big fan of Virat....

Posted by jagansanthanam on (August 27, 2014, 18:44 GMT)

@ Rajesh, Not sure if you really meant to write technique and Ganguly as one. How the hell was Ganguly good technically. He has scored majority of his runs against slower bowlers. His struggles against good quality fast bowling & overseas conditions are all well documented. He didn't belong to a different generation of cricketers - great batsmen from his era had averages over 50 in tests. This bloke has a an average of lower 40's playing over 100 test matches. No doubt, he has been a great inspiring leader. But don't put him on par with the Tendulkar's of the world, even Ganguly won't be flattered with your comparison.

Posted by Nampally on (August 27, 2014, 18:39 GMT)

Kohli has a chink in his armour which he needs to sort out. His slant bat defence is causing all sorts of problems & he really needs to correct it under expert tutor off from competitive Matches. Shastri needs to realise that you cannot correct his problem by continuing to fail which will run down his self confidence. Please "Rest" Kohli before he ends up with Zero self confidence. Rayudu is coming in brimming with confidence. He can replace Kohli. Similarly Dhawan needs to be rested till he corrects his weakness too. Ideally both should play a few matches in the England county Cricket like Pujara is doing. Kohli has to play straight bat defence + avoid slant bat shots till he gets his eye in & is able to judge the pace of the pitch. On a fast pace pitch with bounce & seam this approach is critical. Stats. are good to have but one needs to learn why he is failing after such a successful performance in ODI's. KP plays a lot like Kohli- "hand eye" stuff but he has a straight bat defence

Posted by THEMANLEGEND on (August 27, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

Oh cmn guys don't forget what he has done in the past. Even the likes of sachin ,viv ,Lara etc were out of form at some point in their career.besides this is the first time hez terribly out of form.FORM IS TEMPORARY BUT CLASS IS PERMANENT. he will come good in upcoming matches

Posted by CricketChat on (August 27, 2014, 17:12 GMT)

Kohli should be dropped for the next match(s). Just based on performance alone any other player (ex: India's blue eyed boy last year, Dhawan, for example) would have been dropped by now. Win or lose, Kohli doesn't deserve a place in the team. I am reminded of the Pak great Zaheer Abbas, who made himself unavailable (dropping himself) in the early 80s against India when he failed in a few matches. Obviously, Kohli doesn't belong in that class.

Posted by RK.Chandru on (August 27, 2014, 16:03 GMT)

After so many failures, if Kohli and Shikar Dhawan manage to score one 50 in an insignificant match, would they still make it to the series down under? Do they deserve to play international cricket after soooo many failures? Don't we have worthy replacements waiting in the wings????? Hasn't Shikar already proved, he's only a flat wicket bully?

Posted by   on (August 27, 2014, 14:54 GMT)

"...This format has always been where I express myself..." , said Kohli. Yes, he expressed himself quite unequivocally, that he is not yet out of the rut he got into for sometime now. Change of format couldn't help him. Poor Kohli. Poor Kohli fans. Poor Indian fans. Poor cricket lovers, who know that Kohli is capable of better show. And was keen to see that. Hope he gets out of this rotten rut, sooner than later.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2014, 14:51 GMT)

when he scored (even in SA and Australia)people called him he the one, next to burden our batting,now the same say he is useless.I am sure he will come out soon from this nightmare.let him gain self confidence,then runs will automatically come

Posted by ut4me87 on (August 27, 2014, 14:43 GMT)

@ Rao.G your are forgetting that Ganguly started with 2 test centuries in England against England at an younger age than Kohli. He also made century in the WC in England in one-day match. I think Ganguly was mentally stronger than most current bunch of Indian players on show.

Posted by citizenkc on (August 27, 2014, 14:16 GMT)

I think trying to hit yourself out of a bad patch is never a good idea. This is what made Dravid, Tendulakar, and Laxman outstanding batsmen. They never tried to do that. This is a sign of Kohli's immaturity. After a bad car accident, you don't regain your confidence by driving faster. I am impressed with Pujara, on the other hand. His seeking out an unglamorous county assignment for the rest of the summer speaks volumes for his genuine desire to work on his batting. Kohli, you could learn something from your colleague's approach!

Posted by Rao.G on (August 27, 2014, 14:05 GMT)

@Rajesh, I might agree with you on some of your comments, but I do not agree with pulling Ganguly when you mention about technique. Ganguly was not technically equipped. He is more of a gut player. You can always bring Mr. Dependable (Dravid) in to that league.

Posted by Rao.G on (August 27, 2014, 14:00 GMT)

@Dimash, I agree he is a talent to recon, but do not agree with one of greatest in modern era. he has lot to prove. excelling in ODIs won't make him a great. I wish he concentrates little more on the game. All the previous greats conducted themselves better before becoming greats.

Posted by MrSri on (August 27, 2014, 13:54 GMT)

Take your time and play extra balls , first try to score some 30 odd runs and then you can play like you want. But be in the field and play like rohit did today... you are required for India to have a chance at world cup

Posted by Rajeshj on (August 27, 2014, 13:47 GMT)

Out of 19 ODI centuries, 15 centuries were scored in the flat tracks of Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe... And he always rides his luck with flashy strokes and if we analyze all his hundreds, it would be clear that he would have survived dropped chances in many of them.. One can also say that he has run out of luck these days and he might flash briefly in occasional periods in days to come.. He never had a tight technique like that of Tendulkar or Ganguly and doesn't really belong to that league.. He has to work tremendously hard to reach that level and I really doubt whether he is interested in doing that.. Words of bravado comes only from an incomplete personality..

Posted by Amar_bw on (August 27, 2014, 13:46 GMT)

Wishing good luck for the next match Kohli. I am sure you will be back in a good form in this series.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (August 27, 2014, 13:45 GMT)

Feel sorry for this guy. In Indian batting line up hes the only one who is not a flat truck bully but he continuously failing in this tour. Its just his poor form thats getting him

Posted by hiranya on (August 27, 2014, 13:45 GMT)

It is very surprising to hear Koli is the third highest century maker for a team where a personal milestone (like a century, crossing a certain number of runs) was the prime interest of some little masters than the win for the country!!!!!

Posted by Blade-Runner on (August 27, 2014, 13:28 GMT)

Well..its not poor batting or the inability to cope with quality bowling. Its the aggressiveness. Oh boy !!

Posted by Ramansilva on (August 27, 2014, 13:02 GMT)

duck, duck, duck.... quak, quak, quak.

Posted by Dimash on (August 27, 2014, 12:11 GMT)

Every great cricketer has a lean patch...bt this English tour is really tearing apart his confidence. He has to come back big time for India's cause n more for himself to be considered as one of the greatest cricketers in modern era. He will!!!

Posted by IMG_SL on (August 27, 2014, 12:03 GMT)

Oh... Don't think it as a failure... Sometimes It may be a new definition for aggressiveness. 0(3)!

Posted by   on (August 27, 2014, 11:45 GMT)

Mohit Sharma with an out of form Shami and Bhuvi.. Jadeja playing despite a poor test series.. Shikhar Dhawan opening.. Recipe for disaster!! Rayudu and Karn Sharma sitting out despite performing in the practice game..

Posted by   on (August 27, 2014, 11:29 GMT)

Over confidence is not good

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