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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • NareshPodi on November 2, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Yes Kohli.. Its your technique. Hats off.

    I completely agree with your statement ..."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."

    Yes this works great.. Even I do, before I go for the batting. Superb.

    Really amazing, Kohli grown watching these senior players and playing along with them.. Not only just playing, but performing like a champ. Now, the other players will learn from him to plan their innings and their technique. This is the achievement. Good for our Indian team.

    ADVANCED BIRTHDAY WISHES TO VIRAT.. :)

  • Cricket_Fan_And_Analyst on November 2, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Kohli is talking about technique to attack 150+ bowlers. I don't think anyone in the world is doing it better than him at this moment. Other batsmen tend to playo uot the real fast bowlers or get runs of edges. Kohli is hitting them all over the park as if they are medium fast club bowlers. It is always said that if you have the speed you will succeed in all types of pitches. Brett Lee and Shoaib Akhtar did really well in flat pitches. I am sure Kohli would have played them well.

    Kohli has got better of one of the best fast bowlers in ODI and T20s , that's Malinga. He toyed with Mitchell Johnson while other Indian players failed. Kohli has got better of Ajmal on numerous occasions while other batsmen have failed.

    He is a rare talent and his work ethic is phenomenal . Now, from his statements you can see that he is maturing as well. He just needs to turn around his test career and I am sure he will.

  • CricketFever11 on November 2, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    Just hit though the line.............Way to bat in Flat decks......

  • crying_game on November 2, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    @ Saud Choudry et all.., Kohli hasnt played a test in England. In ODIs he has an average of 39.5 in 6 matches with 1 century. Not very bad. In Australia, he has played 4 tests fir 300 runs @37.5 with 1 century. in ODIs in Australia, against all opposition, he has 373 runs from 8 matches @ 53.28 with 1 century. These may not be earth shattering #s but at this early stage they definitely don't indicate he is useless outside the subcontinent. And he is one of the "most improving" players in international cricket now. So, all the praise and talk is not entirely undeserved.

  • siddhartha87 on November 2, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    Kohli is really amazing.17 centuries already!! wow.The way he treated Aussie bowling shows how much confidence he has in his technique.God bless him

  • ramli on November 2, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    It is naive to say that Kohli will fail on tours abroad ... he already has a century in Aus ... and is a much improved batsman now ... you need to give time to evolve for anybody ... even Pujara ... even SRT (he did have miserable run in ODIs early in his career) ... this bunch of young players have attitude to succeed and they will ... given proper time and space

  • Alexk400 on November 2, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    Nice to hear about Dhawan. Because i always felt he will start to throw away start like he did before and DK continue to do now. Really good players will never give their wickets. Keep emotion in check and play your game. Do not leave to others to finish your game. No politics. :)

  • sweetspot on November 2, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    Kohli's had his fair share of poking outside the off stump and edging. He's much more solid now, and is lucky to be in the midst of a hot Indian batting streak. As much as his success is to be enjoyed, let's not get carried away and rank him amongst the greats just yet. Sachin Tendulkar had to bear a burden for most of his career, batting for India. Even when he had good company, he didn't have five batsmen around him who can potentially tear the bowling apart with big hitting. Kohli has, and hence the cushion that allows for him to play freely. We should also remember not to judge anybody with form, good or bad. Kohli's 11 tons in chases is fantastic, but it also means conditions were favourable for batting more often than not, even for the team batting first that put up a big score in the first place. Even Sehwag has stood alone among the ruins with some tons of his. Yet to see Kohli do that.

  • jimbond on November 2, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    This technique is good against 150 plus bowlers bowling on flat tracks, with silly fielding restrictions. Lets see his performance in say- England or SA or NZ against some of those bowlers, and also against some 130 plus bowlers like Philander, Anderson, or the NZ seamers. @ Caleb McCarthy: Actually NZ seamers are among the most difficult to play in their backyard, and the current lot of NZ seamers is of pretty good quality. On the more difficult pitches, I would put my money on Pujara, Dhawan and Rohit Sharma as compared to Kohli (all four would struggle to varying levels).

  • on November 2, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    @Teymuraz Alamovic The turning point of his career was Chamions trophy 2009 which was held in SA and in INdia's last tour to Aus he helped India chase 330 runs in 38 overs and also scored a test hundred.So only place left for him to prove is Eng.So,please check the facts before making wry comments.Cheers :)

  • pinn on November 2, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    Not sure why everyone talks about alien conditions or bouncy pitches. Just remember these guys played well in England and WI recently to get the CT ( unbeaten in CT) and tri-series.

  • on November 2, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    Kohli and and Co can handle quicks with ease in India and its placid tracks. Take them to the land under or South Africa and then Kohli's "amazing technique" will face the death test. Also English conditions are notorious for assisting swing. That's why its the grave yard of many a batsman. Love to know what Kohli's record has been in England so far.

  • landl47 on November 2, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    I think Kohli is one of the best young batsmen playing today. However, there's a marked discrepancy between his ODI play and his test results. An average in tests of 41.96 with 4 centuries, while not terrible, is nowhere near what you'd expect of a batsman with an average in ODIs of 52.32 with 17 centuries- particularly if, as he claims, his batting is based on sound technique.

    As he turns 25 this week (happy birthday, Virat) it's time for him to start stepping it up in the most demanding form of cricket. There's no doubt he has the natural ability. The question is, does he have the mental toughness of a Tendulkar or Dravid? If so, he needs to start showing it soon, or be labeled as just an outstanding ODI batsman, the Michael Bevan of India.

  • cooljack_143 on November 2, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    @calebMcarthy NZ is good team but loosing out recently due to a bunch of arrogant players like McCullum brothers..till they don't change their so called hit every ball attitude they are not gonna do any good for the team, forget themselves.2nd ODI vs B'desh,had Nathan played with responsibility with Kyle Milles on superb form th eotehr side they would have easily won that game,but his rash shot cost NZ the game..Ind are gonna feast on SA & NZ no doubt abt that..just watch!!!!!!!!

  • on November 2, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    kohli is no doubt a special talent but he needs to play these innings down a little bit till he gets some big scores in foreign conditions against quality attacks...else it won't take long for people to brand a batsman as a flat track bully.....so kohli needs to stay focussed and take his A game with him to SA Eng and NZ...if he scores at an avg of 50+ in those conditions then I'll agree that we have finally got the next face of Indian cricket ! all the best virat

  • cooljack_143 on November 2, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    Hoping for DIWALI CRACKERS ( centuries) in B'lore today & an Ind victory!!!!!!

  • insightfulcricketer on November 2, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    For me two knocks of Kohli have stood out ..once in SA on a green track out of 118 for 7 - Kohli had 80* and he played fire with fire against Steyn and Morkel.The other was the WC final chasing 275 to win and crowd silenced & how he revived the innings brick by brick by running singles fast - and then bringing the run-rate back up.Both showed this guy has what it takes .We are now witnessing another legend in the making.Hope he keeps his feet grounded and other around him like Pujara ,Dhawan, Juneja (he will be in senior XI soon) allow him to flower and gain in stature even more. Plus he said those memorable words Sachin paaji carried Indian cricket for 25 years what is it to carry him around the ground on my shoulders. A true champion Kohli!!!

  • ccrriicc on November 2, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    Everytime India has opened well - thanks Shikar Dhawan - Kohili has done very well. He completes what others start - he deserves credit and congratulations. What remains to be see is when India does not start well - where will he be? That is a big question - only Mr Kohili will answer that- let us see him play a few tests.

  • on November 2, 2013, 1:10 GMT

    Only Sri lanka can device a plan for kohli..

  • tapanp on November 2, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    I'm so annoyed I cant post on the Sunil Gavaskar article. Because:

    alarky on (November 1, 2013, 18:40 GMT) Chetan Asher, It's the first time that I've felt defeated on Cricinfo. You are so right - Goliath was only big and VOLUMINOUS without any SUBSTANCE - no strength! Your's is the perfect analogy for Sachin - a lot of 100s - very little WINS - and taking ETERNITY to make them.

    Thank you Alarky! I was seriously worried there was a world shotage of idiots until i read your post but you made me believe there is an abundant supply...

    Sachin actually holds the WORLD RECORD in 100's in WINs and apart from Jayasuriya has the highest strike rate of batsmen who have 15+ centuries...

    Go back to your imaginary friends dude

  • CricFan78 on November 2, 2013, 0:04 GMT

    Dear Teymuraz Alamovic Kohli has already shown his technique in Aus and Eng and has centuries there. Thanks for your kind consideration.

    PS -> You wish he was playing for Pakistan ;-)

  • jas_saini on November 1, 2013, 23:36 GMT

    "Proper technique" will come to the front if cricket is played as it used to be played. Now the teams should keep 11 batsmen since bowlers really mean nothing with the rules, short boundaries, and flat pitch conditions. Wish there is real contest in the game of cricket - Indian cricketers/batsmen will have plenty of opportunities to break old records, and for future generation to come in and break the new records.. Sorry state of affairs.. Hope someone at ICC has the balls to bring BCCI to ground and make sure the game is played with a level playing field.

  • on November 1, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    All his runs are either in the sub continent or from a crappy bowling attack. In Australia his runs came from playing against Srilanka. In England he played against a mediocre bowling line up. He scored a ton against the great Zimbabwe and another against a jaded Windies bowling line up. In Australia against Australia he averages 20.50 and in England against England he averages 26 avg on the matches involving Jimmy Anderson.

  • on November 1, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    I am not from india, I from Canada via Trinidad this thing about always trying to put a negative spin to someone's (kholi) archeivements make me sick.People always talk about when someone make runs in India the tracks are dead and slow, But why it's not working for the foreign batsmen. India is the only country that I saw don't have one dimentional tracks like Australia, England,SA & NZ. If you have being watching cricket lately you will see slow track, spinning track, fast and bouncy tracks in India. Mohali is a seaming track, Jaipur is a fast and bouncy track, eden gardens is a dead flat track, nagpur is a pacy and bouncy track and on and on. I would say that in India you see a varity of pitches. Two of the best talents in world cricket presently are VK & SD no question about that. People please absorb and enjoy the good cricket being played by these two indians. If you are a cricket fan you will know what am talking about.

  • on November 1, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    @Jordanmacmillan88 and australia did wonders in india early this year right?

  • Chris_P on November 1, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    @Caleb McCarthy. At home, in those bowler friendly conditions, I would suggest NZ seamers are about the best about. England were lucky to avoid defeat, so it will be very interesting for future teams touring NZ. I have great respect for the Kiwi seamers, especially at home.

  • on November 1, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    @Teymuraz Alamovic so he has already scored in Australia, is SA on a diff planet?

  • on November 1, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    @ Caleb McCarthy just like NZ batsmen are being tested in bangladesh?

  • Cpt.Meanster on November 1, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    I am sure Kohli has the technique to play in bouncy and swinging conditions. He actually demonstrated his skills while he played that one off test against Australia that India lost 4-0 in 2012. He also followed that up with fine batting in the tri-nation CB series that followed featuring SL. So yes he has all the boxes ticked. Consistency is what's required now in the long run. We know he has the game to succeed overseas. A lot of people here are making a HUGE fuss about whether Kohli can play away from India. HOW MANY Aussie, English and SA fans make the same fuss asking whether their batsmen can fare in Indian conditions ? Even when they all fail ever so miserably in India. Sick and tired of this notion. Leave the kid be. He's an AWESOME player and will prove all his naysayers wrong eventually.

  • on November 1, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    i am a sri lankan fan but i think virat is a real talent. no team has had a better replacement like virat. his hundreds were all match winning hundreds....really talented player like sachin.

  • LoveTeamIndia on November 1, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    If quick scoring results from good technique, then we have to conclude that Afridi or Jayasuriya have the greatest techniques! These young generation of Indian cricketers forget that the greatest quality of the previous generation greats (like Sachin and Dravid) is modesty. Kohli brags about his techniques, Pujara made a similar comment recently, Rohit bragged after scoring one century in 3 years, bunny-of-short-pitched-balls Raina told about a year ago that he is good for test cricket etc. We will see where these arrogant stars are in 3-4 years!

  • on November 1, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    yeah go on commenting. Nz did just loose a series right mate? Against Bangladesh. You guys will be smashed when we tour Nz whatever the pitches or conditions

  • on November 1, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    I know New Zealand doesn't rank very high in the cricketing world at the moment. But I think these batsmen will be in for a good challenge against the young New Zealand seamers in their home conditions at the beginning of next year. We will see how their techniques are in conditions that seam and swing.

  • on November 1, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    So far he has been superb but his real test will be on bouncy tracks and not on dead Indian pitches. What makes him special is that he has done better while chasing huge scores which I don't think any other Indian player has fared better than him. Eager to see how he plays in SA, Australia and England.

  • VipinGangwar on November 1, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    Dhawan and Kohli and Pujara vs Steyn and Philander and Morkel.. From current Kohli's form it looks like a mouth watering contest.. But again those were alien conditions and will test their character most.. Why India have reduced the tour matches?

  • JDANDA on November 1, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    when every senior cricketers didn't do justice in the last series in australia including legendary RD,VVS etc, V K scored in both forms of cricket there ...we should notice one thing..this prodigy will prove in the upcoming SA,NZ,ENG ,AUSTRALIA TEST SERIES BEFORE WE VENTURE INTO defending the world cup title in AUS-NZ. we continue to encourage young and budding cricketers,who takes up the challenge naturally. i am to add that one cannot score there whenever team chasing the target . VK ,we all know is a performer there in chasing under pressure . i also add that without solid technique it will never happen .

  • IAS2009 on November 1, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    Kohli is like Ponting in many ways, he is confident and cocky both. he is competitor for sure. Indian pitches is not real test for any batsman, ODI is boring with flat pitches and new rules, one can play with 10 batsmen with these conditions and rule.

  • on November 1, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    Virat Kohli: "[Technique] is the main thing when you want to take on bowlers who're bowling at 150kph" - Lets see that technique in SA, AUS and ENG. Cheers :)

  • n_Sid on November 1, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    more like FLAT tracks and avg bowling behind quick tons! Don't get me wrong he is one of the finest batsmen around but these pitches don't do his talent justice... Would much prefer to see him battling it out in harder conditions cause he is a treat to watch then

  • BenGridley on November 1, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    India got hammered in Aussie, because they couldn't handle the pace and bounce. No wonder, they have yet to win a series in Aussie. They have yet to produce runs on tough conditions, where pitches aren't made for them.

  • on November 1, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    he should continue this form and improve the performance. sky is the limit for his achievements in future

  • jimwhatever on November 1, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    all very good and excellent from and for kohli now. his performance in sa will surely tell whether he is a complete batsman

  • on November 1, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    A brave cricketer i like him so much,,he will be the future s bradman of odi..

  • Unmesh_cric on November 1, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Although Kohli is generally thought of as a bit arrogant cricketer, one thing I like about him is that he always supports and has good things to say about his teammates. He recently had very nice things to say about Rohit too. He said Rohit is a captaincy material and he also considers Rohit 'best of the lot' among young Indian batsman. In fact Rohit and Kohli share mutual admiration for each other which is good to see. But remember I said 'teammates'.

  • MaruthuDelft on November 1, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    That is it. Just look at the final bat position. Kohli has let his wrists break/roll. Just like Viv and other cricketers in those days did. Thereby they generate enough force to find boundaries even when there was no field restrictions. Tendulkar didn't break wrists/roll. He always showed full face of the bat which is safer but great players don't play for safety. He found it very difficult to find boundaries in larger venues. It was one reason why he was slow after his fifties.

  • on November 1, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    His statements off late are very mature and it seems there is a conscious effort to keep it apt and simple.

  • on November 1, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    Kohli is simply an awesome cricketer.!!!

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  • on November 1, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    Kohli is simply an awesome cricketer.!!!

  • on November 1, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    His statements off late are very mature and it seems there is a conscious effort to keep it apt and simple.

  • MaruthuDelft on November 1, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    That is it. Just look at the final bat position. Kohli has let his wrists break/roll. Just like Viv and other cricketers in those days did. Thereby they generate enough force to find boundaries even when there was no field restrictions. Tendulkar didn't break wrists/roll. He always showed full face of the bat which is safer but great players don't play for safety. He found it very difficult to find boundaries in larger venues. It was one reason why he was slow after his fifties.

  • Unmesh_cric on November 1, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Although Kohli is generally thought of as a bit arrogant cricketer, one thing I like about him is that he always supports and has good things to say about his teammates. He recently had very nice things to say about Rohit too. He said Rohit is a captaincy material and he also considers Rohit 'best of the lot' among young Indian batsman. In fact Rohit and Kohli share mutual admiration for each other which is good to see. But remember I said 'teammates'.

  • on November 1, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    A brave cricketer i like him so much,,he will be the future s bradman of odi..

  • jimwhatever on November 1, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    all very good and excellent from and for kohli now. his performance in sa will surely tell whether he is a complete batsman

  • on November 1, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    he should continue this form and improve the performance. sky is the limit for his achievements in future

  • BenGridley on November 1, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    India got hammered in Aussie, because they couldn't handle the pace and bounce. No wonder, they have yet to win a series in Aussie. They have yet to produce runs on tough conditions, where pitches aren't made for them.

  • n_Sid on November 1, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    more like FLAT tracks and avg bowling behind quick tons! Don't get me wrong he is one of the finest batsmen around but these pitches don't do his talent justice... Would much prefer to see him battling it out in harder conditions cause he is a treat to watch then

  • on November 1, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    Virat Kohli: "[Technique] is the main thing when you want to take on bowlers who're bowling at 150kph" - Lets see that technique in SA, AUS and ENG. Cheers :)