India v Australia, 7th ODI, Bangalore November 1, 2013

Kohli says proper technique behind his quickfire tons

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Virat Kohli has said his two manic centuries within 13 days of each other - off 52 and 61 balls - were a result not of brute force but his solid technique. The two innings were instrumental in India's completing successful chases of 350-plus scores. India are the only team to have done so twice.

"That's the main thing when you want to take on bowlers who're bowling at 150kph," Kolhi said. "If you have worked on your technique properly, you can back yourself to hold your position and hit where you want to. More often than not, against very quick bowlers, you're not in a good position to hit a big shot or two-three boundaries an over. But if you have a strong base and have worked on your technique, you're much more confident about hitting the ball where you want.

"That plays a major role; you need to have a strong technique to play the big shots as well. I keep working on that in practice sessions. I'm not a great fan of batting in the nets. All I do is some throw-downs before the game; I just hold my position, just middle the ball and time it properly in the practice sessions."

Another technique that came in for praise from Kohli was Shikhar Dhawan's. Kohli is pleased Dhawan has sorted his thinking out to go with his game, which he - as a youngster - used to go to the grounds to watch. "Well, it's funny because Shikhar was, when he played the Under-19 World Cup, a superstar straight away. He was the highest run-scorer. He came back to Delhi, and I remember we used to go watch his games. I used to be a small kid and we used to watch Shikhar bat.

"It's funny, because he never got a chance to play for India before because of the two greats of Indian cricket [Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir] who were so strong at the top of the Indian batting that he didn't get a chance. But I think his batting was tremendous right from the Under-19 days. He was a standout performer all the time. But I think his thinking has evolved a lot in the last year and a half. He's so sure about his game now, he knows where he'll score his runs, he's sure of his own batting, his own strengths. I think that's the most important thing in international cricket, if you're sure about what you want to do out in the middle. And he's mentally very strong now."

Kohli, like others who followed Dhawan in domestic cricket, was also disappointed at his loose shots in otherwise attractive innings. "He doesn't [do that] now… I think he was a little dicey about his thinking before," Kohli said. "He'd play a rash shot at the wrong time and get out, and [only] he would himself know why he did that. Now he has become much more intelligent, he has become much more aware of his own strengths. That's working beautifully for him. But he has always been a special talent and you can see it for India now. He's a match-winner, you'll see him winning more games for India in the future. I'm glad he's doing so well at the top."

'Strong technique helps me play the big shots' - Kohli

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  • dummy4fb on November 2, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    kohli what a batsman he is,there is no other better run chaser than him in the history of cricket........................kohli fan from pakistan.

  • dummy4fb on November 2, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    Virat has proved attack is best way to play cricket nowadays. It seems he approaches the 150 kph delivery with his shots. The ball seems away or swing in, he just thrash it as if his bat choosing its target. I believe he can play his shots even on tennis service. It is the quickness of mind which can boost the technique. The body stance, footwork, arm and shoulder movement adds to the delight of people watching it. I love to watch virat's batting.

  • dummy4fb on November 2, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    A very good point put forward. Many people think that to play aggressive cricket (as in t20) you just need to go and slog it out. But it's actually not about it - it is also about technique. If you get your technique right, you will succeed in all formats.

    A few good examples are - Virender Sehwag & Yousuf Pathan. Both players have the power but had a flawed technique. The result? They both succeeded as smash-hitters until the bowlers found out their weakness (unfortunately before them) and

  • fayyaz03 on November 2, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    This man really have talent and guts to watch in the eyes of great bowlers. I am one of his biggest fan from Pakistan. He is a treat to watch. But seriously the time has changed. There is actually no competition now between bat and bowl. Already the quality bowlers are less in this era and the new rules will even kill the upcoming ones. For the people who started comparing him with The Great Sachin, Please wait and watch to see his glory in test cricket first. You have to accept that he was unanswerable against the inswings of junaid khan last year. I want to see more of him against two quality bowling line ups of Pakistan (Ajmal, Irfan, Junaid, Hafeez) in dubai and South Africa in South Africa (Steyn, Morkel, Philander).

  • DJROCKS_347 on November 2, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Kohli Kohli Kohli !!! what an amazing talent and found he has been for Indian Cricket.All rounder in all respect b it t20 test or one dayers !! Hes seems 2 adapt his game quiet well !! 17 centuries already ,just shows the talent an temprament this man has.

    Kohli is certainly a force for the Indian Team and the onus of winning the 2015 worlcup lys on him.

    Regarding the records thing, i feel all the records will be broken when it comes 2 batting in one dayes with all the powerplays an freebies in favour of the batsman.

    Kohli only needs to control his emotions a little when on the field,coz that can sometimes lead 2 his downfall by getting carried away,which is what sachin did all his life.

    Good Luck Champ !!!

  • Srini_Indian on November 2, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    My comment below regarding Kallis, Ponting is directed @Karthik Mahadevan.

  • jimbond on November 2, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    This guy behaves as if he is a young virile guy while Dhawan is a fossil- the age difference between them is just three. Its just that when Dhawan returned from the under 19s, the Indian batting machine was running along very smoothly. Kohli may be good, but to believe in his greatness, he needs to perform at a high level in tests across the world, or in ODIs with laws fair to bowlers. He does have mental toughness which helps him in ODI chases. As of now, his 'greatness' is only attested by guys like Gavaskar who are obviously benefited by the ad companies that are desparate to create a brand out of him to replace Tendulkar so that the Indian public can continue to be milked by BCCI and the commercial interests.

  • Srini_Indian on November 2, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    @landl47: While I appreciate your comment in general, I'd like to add that Kohli's test average is improving. He struggled in first year(2011) of his test career(5 tests) averaging 22, in 2012 he averaged 49 and in 2013 he averages 57. Within 3 years, if he goes in this rate, he'll be averaging over 50 in "most challenging format". Your comparison of Kohli with Bevan makes no sense. Kohli and Bevan played same number of matches(18), Kohli averages 42 with 4 centuries while Bevan averaged 29 with 0 centuries.

  • Srini_Indian on November 2, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    What a load of rubbish! So according to your logic, Ponting is not a great batsman since he didn't face McGrath, Lee, Warne, Kallis isn't a great batsman since he didn't have to face Steyn, Morkel, Philander, Pollock, Donald, same goes to Cook as well. I'm saying this to all, INDIAN BATSMEN are GREAT, they don't have opportunity to play weak Indian bowling attack unlike the above gentlemen I mentioned, yet they boast brilliant stats against the great bowlers of Aus, SA, Eng in India and away. Are you a really an Indian fan or Kohli hater?

  • Srini_Indian on November 2, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    @all who is whining about how he'll perform outside sub-continent, give the guy a break. His average in Aus- 53.28, SA- 57.6, Eng- 46.25. These numbers are achieved in his first or second visit to their countries. In only SL and WI he averages about 35 which is not bad. There isn't a single player from Aus, SA, Eng who can play in rank turner. Yet, I've rarely seen them putting their young players down. Indian fans are the worst in putting down our own players for all rubbish reasons. It is really embarrassing!

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