India news June 10, 2012

Kohli working on curbing aggression

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Virat Kohli, India's one-day vice-captain, has said he been working on improving his on-field attitude with his captain, MS Dhoni.

"I have been speaking to MS [Dhoni] a lot about it [on-field displays of aggression]," Kohli told PTI. "He is one who doesn't sink or go above that 'calm line'; he is someone who is always around that line.

"He keeps telling me that once I [learn to] stay around that line, I will improve as a cricketer. If that graph goes up too much or drops, you end up putting yourself under pressure."

The upcoming home season, Kohli said, could help India's young batsmen gain the confidence they need to succeed at the Test level. "It's a good thing that we will play at home. I can cite my example. Before Tests in Australia, I had played against West Indies [in India] and got a few runs. That boosted my confidence."

Kohli was the only India batsman who got to 300 runs - apart from being the only centurion - during India's 4-0 drubbing in Australia, and he was their leading run-scorer in the ODI series that followed as well. Prior to that Australia tour, Kohli had scored half-centuries in both innings of the only Test he played in the home series against West Indies.

In the next 12 months, India play two home Tests against New Zealand in August-September, followed by four against England and four more against Australia. In the wake of India's recent poor showing in overseas Tests and the retirement of their established No. 3, Rahul Dravid, this period is expected to offer a couple of young batsmen a chance to establish themselves in the line-up.

In this scenario, batsmen like Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma and Manoj Tiwary are pushing for a run in the Test team. But this doesn't put extra pressure on him, Kohli said.

"I like challenges. You look to improve in areas that you wouldn't have thought of before. I don't pay attention to comparisons. Six or seven of us are there, who will all be playing for India for a long time. Among the lot I will leave Rohit out, as he is [the most] talented among the lot. I know we will all be colleagues in the Indian team in near future."

Still, in the lead-up to the New Zealand Tests, Kohli said, his practice sessions will intensify. "We will have some practice games. Even if we don't have, I am sure to increase the hours I put in at the nets. I will be batting for at least three hours.

"Each individual has his own way of preparing. I will again be starting from zero and would like to improve as a batsman."

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  • POSTED BY sunil786786 on | June 13, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    kohli is the guy needs to guide well , as he is the future captain of our indian team...

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | June 11, 2012, 22:59 GMT

    There's nothing wrong in being aggressive and adamant at the crease. Look at Dravid, Kallis. The problem is profanities. Big mouth and loud mouth. He should cut down those repulsive attributes.

  • POSTED BY mukesh_LOVE.cricket on | June 11, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    I don't think kohli can be a ice cool guy like dhoni , they are completely different persons , but his 'aggression' seems to be working for him , but he can and in my opinion should take his bad mouthing one step down , good luck to him , he is a class act.

  • POSTED BY on | June 11, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Virat Kohli, India's one-day vice-captain, has said he has been working with his captain, MS Dhoni, on improving his (Kohli's) on-field attitude. There, FTFY.

  • POSTED BY arun_padmanabhan on | June 11, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    2 points..1.) why should virat actually curb his on-field aggression?All he needs to do is make sure he doesnt swear openly in front of the cameras. Sometimes, aggression on the field will lift the team's morale up..2.) I disagree with kohli's reference to rohit. True, rohit is talented. But, he is too irresponsible to claim a place in the test xi. He should be limited to ODI and T20..

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | June 11, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    Virat you are good the way you are, forget the critics and just keep doing what you do best being aggressive. We have many sobers in the team. For MS, he needs to be kicked out of the TEST team, its hightime. He is okay for ODI & T20 but just not for test, useless as a captain, wicketkeeper and batsman. Saha is the man for the job.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | June 11, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    WE DON'T NEED ANOTHER COOL HEADED GUY LIKE DHONI IN TEAM . WE NEED KOHLI WHO REMINDS ME OF RICKY PONTING 'S AGRESSION .

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | June 11, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Bad mouthing is seen often in cricket games. Kohli needs to stop that aspect. He certainly could be captain of India. He will lead likes of Rahane, Pujara, Rohit,Umesh one day. His talent and bat will do the talking. India's greatest challenge will be assembling a bowling unit. While the batting and feilding looks secure.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | June 11, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    Gambhir,(Captain)Rahane,Pujara (Vice-Captain),Rohit Sharma,Kohli,Wridhiman Saha,Shami Ahmed,Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma,Varun Aaron,Nadeem Negi. This should be the side for the New Zealand tour. Based on how they play,the additions alterations can be made.

  • POSTED BY Abaa on | June 11, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    Pujara and Rahane should be the obvious replacements for Dravid and Laxman and should take the no.3 & no.5 positions. Kohli stays at 6 with Dhoni at 7. Rohit can replace Sachin when the latter retires at no.4 if he's as good as Kohli says. Openers Sehwag and Gambhir. There you have the team for the next few years! Of course its the bowlers that they need to really concentrate on ...

  • POSTED BY sunil786786 on | June 13, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    kohli is the guy needs to guide well , as he is the future captain of our indian team...

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | June 11, 2012, 22:59 GMT

    There's nothing wrong in being aggressive and adamant at the crease. Look at Dravid, Kallis. The problem is profanities. Big mouth and loud mouth. He should cut down those repulsive attributes.

  • POSTED BY mukesh_LOVE.cricket on | June 11, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    I don't think kohli can be a ice cool guy like dhoni , they are completely different persons , but his 'aggression' seems to be working for him , but he can and in my opinion should take his bad mouthing one step down , good luck to him , he is a class act.

  • POSTED BY on | June 11, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Virat Kohli, India's one-day vice-captain, has said he has been working with his captain, MS Dhoni, on improving his (Kohli's) on-field attitude. There, FTFY.

  • POSTED BY arun_padmanabhan on | June 11, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    2 points..1.) why should virat actually curb his on-field aggression?All he needs to do is make sure he doesnt swear openly in front of the cameras. Sometimes, aggression on the field will lift the team's morale up..2.) I disagree with kohli's reference to rohit. True, rohit is talented. But, he is too irresponsible to claim a place in the test xi. He should be limited to ODI and T20..

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | June 11, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    Virat you are good the way you are, forget the critics and just keep doing what you do best being aggressive. We have many sobers in the team. For MS, he needs to be kicked out of the TEST team, its hightime. He is okay for ODI & T20 but just not for test, useless as a captain, wicketkeeper and batsman. Saha is the man for the job.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | June 11, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    WE DON'T NEED ANOTHER COOL HEADED GUY LIKE DHONI IN TEAM . WE NEED KOHLI WHO REMINDS ME OF RICKY PONTING 'S AGRESSION .

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | June 11, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Bad mouthing is seen often in cricket games. Kohli needs to stop that aspect. He certainly could be captain of India. He will lead likes of Rahane, Pujara, Rohit,Umesh one day. His talent and bat will do the talking. India's greatest challenge will be assembling a bowling unit. While the batting and feilding looks secure.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | June 11, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    Gambhir,(Captain)Rahane,Pujara (Vice-Captain),Rohit Sharma,Kohli,Wridhiman Saha,Shami Ahmed,Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma,Varun Aaron,Nadeem Negi. This should be the side for the New Zealand tour. Based on how they play,the additions alterations can be made.

  • POSTED BY Abaa on | June 11, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    Pujara and Rahane should be the obvious replacements for Dravid and Laxman and should take the no.3 & no.5 positions. Kohli stays at 6 with Dhoni at 7. Rohit can replace Sachin when the latter retires at no.4 if he's as good as Kohli says. Openers Sehwag and Gambhir. There you have the team for the next few years! Of course its the bowlers that they need to really concentrate on ...

  • POSTED BY IndiaNumeroUno on | June 11, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    There are some things which are a natural trait and can't be learnt... eg: Dhoni's coolness... I have never see/heard of a Captain - across the history of cricket - who has had the ability to absorb pressure like Dhoni and remains level headed under extreme emotional situations. Dhoni is actually "weird" - in a good sense!

    Kohli's aggression is his strength... all he needs to do is temper down the gesturing and bad mouthing... all the best with that :)

  • POSTED BY on | June 11, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    @grizzle,top spinner and d-ascendant

    absolutely right !! when his aggression is making him hungry for runs and most importantly wimnimg matches for india why to curb his aggression ?? its indeed actually helping him rather thn affecting him !!

    hope he shd remain the same !! no other indian batsman has better stats for him in 80+ matches and hardly a few in the world !! he will be a legend if he remains in the same form !!

    and the no of chases he has won for india with 300 + scores i dont think even sachin did tht many !!

    any day i would rate virat kohli as tge best odi batsman for india till date !! 11 odis in 80+ matches and about 6-7 coming in chases of 300+ wht a talent !!

    hope he will be guided by gambhir with whom he has many records chasing these both luk soo gud partners on field

    gambhir-kohli rocks !!

  • POSTED BY D-Ascendant on | June 11, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    "Virat Kohli, India's one-day vice-captain, has said he been working on improving his on-field attitude with his captain, MS Dhoni."

    Why? I didn't think there was anything wrong with Kohli's on-field attitude with his captain, Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY balajik1968 on | June 11, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    Kohli should channel all the aggression into his game. He should seal his test spot with his performances, the way he has done in the ODI's. He also needs to keep a lid on his temper as he is being thought of as a potential leader. It never does for a leader to be the way Kohli is now, or he will never be taken seriously. This is what happened to Miandad. Miandad, a man with a very fine cricketing brain was the real architect behind Imran's success as captain, but was not as successful a captain because he always conveyed the image of a street fighter, not a leader. The other warning sign for Kohli is Ravi Shastri, who was seen as a future captain, but finally lost out to Azharuddin, who went out of his way to end Shastri's cricket career, the moment Shastri started struggling.

  • POSTED BY grizzle on | June 10, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    I don't see why there is this fuss about Kohli's aggression. He is one of the very few Indian cricketers actually performing. If his aggression helps him stay focussed on the field, why take it away from him?

  • POSTED BY Top-Spinner on | June 10, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    Dhoni stayed around that line and lost his aggression. Kohli, don't make that mistake.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    ind will win this series bcos its their home.. n its a gud chance to take the revenge of0-8 overseas!! but they shud produce bowlers rather than batsmen at the moment

  • POSTED BY PureTom on | June 10, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    As a non-Indian I can say the Kohli has impressed me far more than any of the other young prospects for team India. I already groan when he comes to the crease because I know he is very likely to do well against us. Rohit Sharma may be more talented (I couldn't say) but does not seem to be quite as determined and Kohli certainly does not lack for talent. He could definitely calm down a bit sometimes, but it seems to me it is his determination to fight that has brought him a lot of his success. It is that determination to succeed that makes a great test player, and this almost always translates into the other formats (except maybe for Michael Clark).

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    I'm really glad to see that Virat Kohli is trying to control his temper and aggression on the field. At such a young age, that much amount of temper and aggression is really not required. There's no doubt that Virat is an exceptional batsman and there is a very bright future ahead for him, possibly even becoming the future captain of India. He still has about 14 years of Cricket( or maybe more) left in him and it's good to know that he has started showing some maturity. I'm really looking forward to the series against Sri Lanka because I want to see Virat's temperament in that series.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Tiwary,Kholi,Pujara, and Rohit Sharma all have good chances of making the test side. Virat is a 6th down and has cemented his place. Rohit and Manoj still have to debut and can do good. Pujara though dose not look to be good enough. Rohit's attitude can help him at the 1st down position and Tiwary can take over VVS. Raina can come back if needed to if Virat has to take over Sachin. Sreeshanth is a great bowler and I hope he takes over Ishant Sharma.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Looks like Kohli has taken his place as granted for the next 5 years atl least. The same thing that happened to Kambli. Hope he plays to the best of his ability than trying to think too much about the future stars.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | June 10, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    Look at who he is turning to for advice - MSD. King of cool. Kohli will now be okay. Dhoni is perfect when he says he should stay level, no matter what. Not everyone can get to that level, but it is a good level to aspire for. Not a surprise that nobody ever sledges Dhoni. There's just no point looking stupid.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | June 10, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Kohli showed a lot of maturity and self-control at the IPL. If he can mantain that at international level, I think he potentially has a fantastic future ahead of him. I don't see any names in this article that deserve to replace him in any team; he should be one of the first names on the sheet for quite some time now.

  • POSTED BY Min2_cric on | June 10, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Kohli should retire frm IPL and all t20 games (including team india).He is not at all a t20 player.He has the right attitude for test matches.he just needs to give some rest to his mind by retiring frm t20s.Fr this thing i salute Mr.KP.he did the right thing at the right tine...

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | June 10, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    no need to curb that aggression Virat...we want more players like you in the Indian team & hunt in packs just like Australia did during their dominating run from 1999-2008..

  • POSTED BY Htc-Baseball on | June 10, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    i remember sreeshant saying am now a spirtual person before england series,, traces of sreeshant in kohli. Hope he doesn go d former way

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  • POSTED BY Htc-Baseball on | June 10, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    i remember sreeshant saying am now a spirtual person before england series,, traces of sreeshant in kohli. Hope he doesn go d former way

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | June 10, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    no need to curb that aggression Virat...we want more players like you in the Indian team & hunt in packs just like Australia did during their dominating run from 1999-2008..

  • POSTED BY Min2_cric on | June 10, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Kohli should retire frm IPL and all t20 games (including team india).He is not at all a t20 player.He has the right attitude for test matches.he just needs to give some rest to his mind by retiring frm t20s.Fr this thing i salute Mr.KP.he did the right thing at the right tine...

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | June 10, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Kohli showed a lot of maturity and self-control at the IPL. If he can mantain that at international level, I think he potentially has a fantastic future ahead of him. I don't see any names in this article that deserve to replace him in any team; he should be one of the first names on the sheet for quite some time now.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | June 10, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    Look at who he is turning to for advice - MSD. King of cool. Kohli will now be okay. Dhoni is perfect when he says he should stay level, no matter what. Not everyone can get to that level, but it is a good level to aspire for. Not a surprise that nobody ever sledges Dhoni. There's just no point looking stupid.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Looks like Kohli has taken his place as granted for the next 5 years atl least. The same thing that happened to Kambli. Hope he plays to the best of his ability than trying to think too much about the future stars.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Tiwary,Kholi,Pujara, and Rohit Sharma all have good chances of making the test side. Virat is a 6th down and has cemented his place. Rohit and Manoj still have to debut and can do good. Pujara though dose not look to be good enough. Rohit's attitude can help him at the 1st down position and Tiwary can take over VVS. Raina can come back if needed to if Virat has to take over Sachin. Sreeshanth is a great bowler and I hope he takes over Ishant Sharma.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    I'm really glad to see that Virat Kohli is trying to control his temper and aggression on the field. At such a young age, that much amount of temper and aggression is really not required. There's no doubt that Virat is an exceptional batsman and there is a very bright future ahead for him, possibly even becoming the future captain of India. He still has about 14 years of Cricket( or maybe more) left in him and it's good to know that he has started showing some maturity. I'm really looking forward to the series against Sri Lanka because I want to see Virat's temperament in that series.

  • POSTED BY PureTom on | June 10, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    As a non-Indian I can say the Kohli has impressed me far more than any of the other young prospects for team India. I already groan when he comes to the crease because I know he is very likely to do well against us. Rohit Sharma may be more talented (I couldn't say) but does not seem to be quite as determined and Kohli certainly does not lack for talent. He could definitely calm down a bit sometimes, but it seems to me it is his determination to fight that has brought him a lot of his success. It is that determination to succeed that makes a great test player, and this almost always translates into the other formats (except maybe for Michael Clark).

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    ind will win this series bcos its their home.. n its a gud chance to take the revenge of0-8 overseas!! but they shud produce bowlers rather than batsmen at the moment