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Kohli working on curbing aggression

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June 10, 2012

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Virat Kohli: "He [MS Dhoni] keeps telling me that once I [learn to] stay [calm], I will improve as a cricketer." © Getty Images
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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_Atheist 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 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)


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 ...

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