India v England, 2nd ODI, Delhi October 16, 2011

Positive attitude paid off for India - Kohli

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India's 126-run win against England in Hyderabad was a dramatic turnaround after they had been battered by the same opposition all summer, but Virat Kohli said they had been playing good cricket from the one-day series in England. Rather than any drastic change in approach, Kohli said it was the fact that the team had continued to stay positive through the 0-3 loss in the ODIs in England that allowed them to win the game.

"I think we played really well in the ODIs in England," Kohli said. "It was just a matter of crossing the line which we couldn't do there. Unfortunately, a few times we had rain and Duckworth/Lewis coming in at the wrong time, though we can't really blame that. We fought hard through that series and kept our heads high; and that probably made the difference in this first game here."

India were also helped by home conditions in Hyderabad and Kohli said the spinners would be the key through the series. The second ODI, on Monday, is at Kohli's home ground - the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, where the pitch had been quite inconsistent during the IPL in April-May.

"This pitch has always been on the slower side and there isn't much bounce," Kohli said. "Apparently it's improved from before. You might not see too much bounce but it should be better than before.

"In Hyderabad, it was slow and it spun, and the spinners did well. That's our strength and we would like to exploit it as much as we can. The spinners know the conditions in India really well; it's about them expressing their skills and if they get it right it's very difficult to tackle them on Indian wickets."

England lost six wickets to the spinners in Hyderabad, and though they had more than a week in India to prepare for the series, Jade Dernbach says they are still adjusting to conditions. "Conditions here are very different from what we experience back home," he said. "We have just got to adapt; we can't use the different pitches as an excuse. We know what to expect and have had good preparation for ten days.

"The pitch does play a part in how quickly I bowl, and how much pace I take off the ball for the slower ones. If the pitch is very slow, then obviously you get a lot more pace taken off if you bowl a slower ball, so it gives the batsman a bit more time to see it. Those are the things you have to adapt to in terms of deciding what variations to use, and you also have to consider boundary sizes and other things."

After the first one-dayer, MS Dhoni had said that while the pitches would help the spinners, the possibility of dew could play a big role in the series, as that would affect the spinners' ability to grip the ball. "There will be some dew here in the winter," Kohli said. "The team batting second will also have an advantage as the wicket will settle down. This is my home ground but I have played just two games here this year so I'll have to see what happens in the match tomorrow."

England's coach Andy Flower admitted his side had been out-fielded by India in the first ODI, something he said did not happen often. India have a young squad for the one-day series with several senior players missing, and Kohli said there had been a concerted effort to raise the standard of fielding.

"We have started to warm-up for practice sessions with fielding now. It's a daily routine though it's left up to the individuals how much time they want to spend on fielding practice. Whenever you have time before nets or after practice, you go and put some time in on fielding.

"All of us are trying to improve as a fielding unit because it makes a huge difference if you can save 10-15 runs in the first ten overs. It sends the opposition a message and from then on they are wary of taking you on for an extra run. It's enjoyable fielding at home because you have 60,000 people backing you. If you are feeling a bit off one day the crowd lifts you. You can't really teach someone to enjoy fielding as it comes from within."

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  • ajayrcs on October 18, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    English tean can not win because they don't even know who is their best player. they think Its Pietersen who is failing regularly but its Bell who is sitting in the dugout.

  • on October 17, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    Hey All Indian and English fans!!! Lets keep emotions side for a while and take it as positives that we(Indian team) has never been able to do good on seaming conditions except a few good attempts(adelaid surge). But now this is our DEN and English have never been able to play spin well. So its going to a good battle between english batting v/s Indian spin attack

  • SachinLara1 on October 17, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge: what happened to england in the VB series followed after the ASHES..

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 17, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    Wow, it takes Dernbach to say that the pitches are different from what he faces at home. The last time I heard, some knowledgeable people out here call these pitches as dead pitches instead of simply putting it like Dernbach. Well, if pitches in the subcontinent are dead, then how bad are the teams that can't play on dead pitches! Put it this way - Let's take the subcontinent spinning tracks as the gold standard and call all the other kinds of pitches as dead pitches. That makes the pitches in England, Australia and SA as dead pitches. Shall we? So, dear English and other fans, stop calling the pitches in India as dead if we have to respect the pitches in England, SA and Australia. Pacers are not the only breed of bowlers. Give respect to spinners and their conditions as well. Why should one forget that the Legendary bowlers like Qadir, Warne, Kumble, Bedi, Murali, Gupte etc are spinners? And now Swann is well on his way to greatness. Respect the pitches instead of spreading nonsense.

  • justk on October 17, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    it is an excuse that fast bowling cannot be done on rough pitches..infact, fast bowlers become more lethal on these type of pitches as ball can be made to reverse and then, there are those cuts..good fast bowlers have tormented indian batting line up in india also..so they are just excuse

  • on October 17, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    @here2rock....may be it is a trap by Dhoni!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 17, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    Fast track bullies will not have any clue against Spin bowling...

  • chapathishot on October 17, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    @here2rock :Man he is such a smart guy that now English will think twice before batting first even if they win the toss

  • Naresh28 on October 17, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    Guys enuff of blasting between English/Indian fans. As I kept saying when we lost in England you win some and you lose some. Its part of the game. English fans ur comments kept writing off Indian team, but believe me the only thing lacking in the Indian squad is good pace bowlers. Having said that Yadav really did well for India in the 1st ODI. And as I said before India won the emerging players tournament in Australia and recently won the U19 trophy played in India. This shows our talent. You were writing us off despite winning the world cup ODi, reaching the pinnacle in tests - we did not do these only at home in India. The injuries did not help us.

  • TheMysteryMan on October 17, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    @here2rock

    Might be double bluff. He probably wants to make sure he bats first :P

  • ajayrcs on October 18, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    English tean can not win because they don't even know who is their best player. they think Its Pietersen who is failing regularly but its Bell who is sitting in the dugout.

  • on October 17, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    Hey All Indian and English fans!!! Lets keep emotions side for a while and take it as positives that we(Indian team) has never been able to do good on seaming conditions except a few good attempts(adelaid surge). But now this is our DEN and English have never been able to play spin well. So its going to a good battle between english batting v/s Indian spin attack

  • SachinLara1 on October 17, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge: what happened to england in the VB series followed after the ASHES..

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 17, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    Wow, it takes Dernbach to say that the pitches are different from what he faces at home. The last time I heard, some knowledgeable people out here call these pitches as dead pitches instead of simply putting it like Dernbach. Well, if pitches in the subcontinent are dead, then how bad are the teams that can't play on dead pitches! Put it this way - Let's take the subcontinent spinning tracks as the gold standard and call all the other kinds of pitches as dead pitches. That makes the pitches in England, Australia and SA as dead pitches. Shall we? So, dear English and other fans, stop calling the pitches in India as dead if we have to respect the pitches in England, SA and Australia. Pacers are not the only breed of bowlers. Give respect to spinners and their conditions as well. Why should one forget that the Legendary bowlers like Qadir, Warne, Kumble, Bedi, Murali, Gupte etc are spinners? And now Swann is well on his way to greatness. Respect the pitches instead of spreading nonsense.

  • justk on October 17, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    it is an excuse that fast bowling cannot be done on rough pitches..infact, fast bowlers become more lethal on these type of pitches as ball can be made to reverse and then, there are those cuts..good fast bowlers have tormented indian batting line up in india also..so they are just excuse

  • on October 17, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    @here2rock....may be it is a trap by Dhoni!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 17, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    Fast track bullies will not have any clue against Spin bowling...

  • chapathishot on October 17, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    @here2rock :Man he is such a smart guy that now English will think twice before batting first even if they win the toss

  • Naresh28 on October 17, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    Guys enuff of blasting between English/Indian fans. As I kept saying when we lost in England you win some and you lose some. Its part of the game. English fans ur comments kept writing off Indian team, but believe me the only thing lacking in the Indian squad is good pace bowlers. Having said that Yadav really did well for India in the 1st ODI. And as I said before India won the emerging players tournament in Australia and recently won the U19 trophy played in India. This shows our talent. You were writing us off despite winning the world cup ODi, reaching the pinnacle in tests - we did not do these only at home in India. The injuries did not help us.

  • TheMysteryMan on October 17, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    @here2rock

    Might be double bluff. He probably wants to make sure he bats first :P

  • on October 17, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    Why are these English people saying they have far more better test players.Who in your team is as proved better players as Sachin,Dravid,Laxman.May be they have only bowling department much stronger than us.If they play that test team in India.Those players who cannot play spin and those quickies who are unfit for flat tracks.Who will win.Certainly India.Both India and England are not complete teams.They can play well in their homes only well and sometime outside.They have problem with spin we have problem with bounce.So england stop barking.You are very far away from the dominant west indies and australia.

  • sweetspot on October 17, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    Kohli is the press boy for India now? He is articulate enough, but needs to calm down and do much more with his batting before he can secure his position in this team. I wonder why his personality is being touted as captain material. It is one thing captaining the U-19 side, and a whole other game captaining the senior team. I am yet to see any serious signs of leadership potential in Kohli. Raina on the other hand, is quietly accomplishing a lot. For India's sake, I hope both shine. Sad they hardly ever get to bat together.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on October 17, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    @ SachinLara1, You should watch cricket more regularly my friend, it puts you in a better position to form an opinion: Anyone see the Ashes last winter? You know, where on sub continent pitches England thrashed Australia. Oh Wait.. That doesn't quite fit the script for a few fans on here....oops! I like dealing in facts, it somehow just feels better........!!!

  • SachinLara1 on October 17, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    English players are not even fast track bullies they are only home pitch bullies..

  • SachinLara1 on October 17, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    @m_ilind: so ur players can't bat well even in flat track...

    there's no bounce seam or swing but there's one thing THE SPIN lets c how ur team plays the spin and ur spinners operate

  • here2rock on October 17, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    I really have trouble with Dhoni's comments about dew and the likely effects on spinners gripping the ball, why would you disclose some vital information to the opposition before the game? It beats me!

  • jagadish6sixes on October 17, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    Virat is a grate man & any time he change the match ' and india diffentle cleamup the serise'

  • maddy20 on October 17, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    @m_ilind Yeah right! You got bowled out for 174 on a flat track! That means England are what comes below flat track bullies!

  • Rajul_Tandon on October 17, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    @Valavan...after a 126 run thrashing leave COOK aside even a toddler wont give any excuses....rest poms may say that Dhoni is a master of excuses but still with TWO WORLD CUPS in kitty as captain...Poms can only fantasize of having such a captain...so just wait n watch how a sweet n simple Indian team(No Zaheer, Sehwag, Tendulkar, Yuvraj, Harbhajan n other biggies) keeps thrashing the self proclaimed specialised ONE DAY TEAM-ENGLAND.

  • on October 17, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    Every country plays to its own strengths. Australia has seaming conditions, England has swing friendly conditions. So what is wrong if India has spin friendly conditions? Why should only Australia, England and South Africa have conditions suited to their style of play?

  • on October 17, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    @m_ilind England are then called fast track bullies as they can only play in fast seaming tracks

  • fearless69 on October 17, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    IF England batsmen face 3 to 4 spinners bowling them same time, they might EDGE 1 ball, Timing and hitting is far away.. LOL // England, Welcome to India.. We don't have seaming conditions like england, we don't have bouncy pitches, what we do have is turning tracks.. Spin is also part of cricket like Pace & bounce.. Play and try to beat us now.. Digest it and play fair.. You'll call Flat track Bullies?? LoL Thats a false reason to give coz you can't win here..

  • on October 17, 2011, 1:06 GMT

    if all out for 176 in less than 35 overs in the flat tracks means where they going to score runs?????????????????

  • m_ilind on October 16, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    Having failed in WI & Eng, these flat track bullies must be relishing the home conditions. The dead pitches which have no bounce, seam or swing, will help resurrect their confidence again.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on October 16, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    Thought England have by far the better test team, their one-day performances have always been half-hearted since the introduction of this format of the game. It is of course accepted by all nations that a Test Match is the hardest form of the game to play and the most demanding, and that is why England's mentality towards the one-day game has always been the way it is (recently WHITEWASHING India in the one-day series an exception, as that ODI series just emphasised how big the gap is between the sides). With a different - looking England full of youngsters on this tour, this is a good series for it's youngsters to show how they play their games. And a good test too for a new and inexperienced captain in Cook.

  • krici_lover on October 16, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    @Valavan: Not sure if you are really following all the stories and artciles related to last match. If you had done would have not said, english fans are not making excuses. Excuses like Heat, flies, toss and funniest being not having full strength on just missing 2-3 players are flowing in full flow.... BTW Indian fans, I don't see 5-0, or 4-1 etc happening. England team is in good form and sudden collapse we witnesses last night is not going to happen always.

  • on October 16, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    X factor of the match Mr.dhoni , well played india it will be 5-0 result which we want , to return back the debt to england

  • mritunjai on October 16, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    Though Kohli may be technically better, I am always behind Raina purely because of his attitude. Raina has been at the receiving end of late because of his problems against short pitch deliveries, but still he has shown focus by not letting his poor form in tests and tremendous pressure to affect his limited overs performance. He is always cheerful on the field and i have not seen him bad mouthing anyone.

  • on October 16, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    Kohli should improve his game. If he can do that, it would be immense help for Indian team.

  • simon_w on October 16, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    I think Kohli's right, to be honest -- I don't think India played much different in the first game than they had over in England. England, on the other hand, went from looking like a great one-day side to looking like a poor one. This will make the rest of the series very interesting. I don't think India really have another gear: I don't see them playing any better than they did in game #1, to be honest (the players who could take them up a notch from here are the likes of Sehwag and Zaheer). So the question is, can England up their game? I don't know the answer to that (history is against them, in truth), but I'm looking forward to finding out.

  • Valavan on October 16, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    @Rahul reddy, none of England fans asks you to prove in tests, English side is not the best ODI outfit, by the way the thrashing you got in England was merely for the overconfidence. None of the English fans gave any lame excuse, it was your border brothers who prove you everywhere. Why dont you recommend DHONI for WISDEN EXCUSER OF THE CENTURY AWARD. Anyway dont write off England or Underestimate at your own peril. COOK acknowledged they were outplayed, DHONI was just a MASTER of EXCUSES. Cricinfo please publish.

  • m_ilind on October 16, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Kohli seems to have announced himself as the next superstar for India. Well done Kohli!

  • on October 16, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    It shouldn't take 60,000 fans to want to field for your country!!!

  • malik86 on October 16, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    @ Aravind Srinivas .agree wid u

  • on October 16, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    I think Kohli must stop talking too much and start concentrate on his game. This attitude is not good for a youngster.

  • Nampally on October 16, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    It is heartening to note a step improvement in the Indian fielding in the first ODI.I am surprised that dew is a factor in not having 3 spinners. Dew will not last more than the first 14 overs - one hour.This phase can be used for 6 overs from each of the 2 pace bowlers. India need to focus on 3 spinner attack especially knowing Jadeja's inconsistentcy in bowling. Rahul Sharma is accurate leg spinner which is also a weakness of England batting. Admitedly India won the first test handsomely because luckily all things clicked there- may not happen again. I was surprised that Kohli was being used as a bowler, albeit for 3 overs, before the 2 regular spinners . What was the purpose behind it except to let Trott get his eye in.Jadeja bowling with a silly mid off & a slip was also questionable tactics for an ODI. Dhoni got away with it but he must refine his bowling changes & field placing - Bopara was allowed free singles too.India should go all out to win ODI #2 to boost their confidence

  • on October 16, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    A long way to go for Indians.I think for us a 3-2 or 4-1 win against England is also out of options.We need to get a 5-0 win and noothing else could compensiate the humiliation.Though then english fans will have excuses saying us to prove in tests.

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  • on October 16, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    A long way to go for Indians.I think for us a 3-2 or 4-1 win against England is also out of options.We need to get a 5-0 win and noothing else could compensiate the humiliation.Though then english fans will have excuses saying us to prove in tests.

  • Nampally on October 16, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    It is heartening to note a step improvement in the Indian fielding in the first ODI.I am surprised that dew is a factor in not having 3 spinners. Dew will not last more than the first 14 overs - one hour.This phase can be used for 6 overs from each of the 2 pace bowlers. India need to focus on 3 spinner attack especially knowing Jadeja's inconsistentcy in bowling. Rahul Sharma is accurate leg spinner which is also a weakness of England batting. Admitedly India won the first test handsomely because luckily all things clicked there- may not happen again. I was surprised that Kohli was being used as a bowler, albeit for 3 overs, before the 2 regular spinners . What was the purpose behind it except to let Trott get his eye in.Jadeja bowling with a silly mid off & a slip was also questionable tactics for an ODI. Dhoni got away with it but he must refine his bowling changes & field placing - Bopara was allowed free singles too.India should go all out to win ODI #2 to boost their confidence

  • on October 16, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    I think Kohli must stop talking too much and start concentrate on his game. This attitude is not good for a youngster.

  • malik86 on October 16, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    @ Aravind Srinivas .agree wid u

  • on October 16, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    It shouldn't take 60,000 fans to want to field for your country!!!

  • m_ilind on October 16, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Kohli seems to have announced himself as the next superstar for India. Well done Kohli!

  • Valavan on October 16, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    @Rahul reddy, none of England fans asks you to prove in tests, English side is not the best ODI outfit, by the way the thrashing you got in England was merely for the overconfidence. None of the English fans gave any lame excuse, it was your border brothers who prove you everywhere. Why dont you recommend DHONI for WISDEN EXCUSER OF THE CENTURY AWARD. Anyway dont write off England or Underestimate at your own peril. COOK acknowledged they were outplayed, DHONI was just a MASTER of EXCUSES. Cricinfo please publish.

  • simon_w on October 16, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    I think Kohli's right, to be honest -- I don't think India played much different in the first game than they had over in England. England, on the other hand, went from looking like a great one-day side to looking like a poor one. This will make the rest of the series very interesting. I don't think India really have another gear: I don't see them playing any better than they did in game #1, to be honest (the players who could take them up a notch from here are the likes of Sehwag and Zaheer). So the question is, can England up their game? I don't know the answer to that (history is against them, in truth), but I'm looking forward to finding out.

  • on October 16, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    Kohli should improve his game. If he can do that, it would be immense help for Indian team.

  • mritunjai on October 16, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    Though Kohli may be technically better, I am always behind Raina purely because of his attitude. Raina has been at the receiving end of late because of his problems against short pitch deliveries, but still he has shown focus by not letting his poor form in tests and tremendous pressure to affect his limited overs performance. He is always cheerful on the field and i have not seen him bad mouthing anyone.