A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Virat Kohli concerned about India’s death bowling

Kohli believes India are in dire need of improvement when bowling death overs

India have been known for their rather poor death bowling in the past, and with the last few overs of any match being crucial to both sides, it is no surprise that Indian batsman Virat Kohli is fed up of watching it happen time and time again.

Kohli admitted that the astronomical number of runs given away by bowlers in the last few overs had become a “worrying factor” for the entire team.

Speaking to reporters after India were knocked out in the super 8 stages of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20, Kohli said: “I believe we could have done better as a bowling unit. We could have bowled in better areas. I think our bowling in the initial overs has been pretty good but it is the bowling at the death that needs to improve.”

Kohli especially noted how the team’s death bowling had almost allowed Afghanistan to upset them, and said: “That’s exactly what happens when you play a lower-ranked opposition. They do not have the fear of failure. They are not concerned about the match situations and little things. Normally, in these situations, you find players expressing themselves well and doing the right things more often than not.”

Throughout the World Twenty20, openers Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag failed to make any major contributions and it was usually Kohli’s heroics that rescued India from, what could have been, an embarrassing situation.

“Normally, when you hit a bad patch in the T20s, it tends to get stretched for a few matches but you need that one match to make a comeback. And in this format, a good start means 40-45 runs unlike ODIs where you need 85-90 run starts. I believe our openers are experienced and soon they would get big scores,” Kohli added.

Kohli also noted that he was not a fan of constantly changing the batting lineup every couple of matches.

“I don’t think it’s a good idea. In T20s, you need a set batting line-up as far as the top three batsmen are concerned. The moment you start changing the combination and provided it doesn’t work, it can have a negative effect. When it comes to bowling combination, you can still make some changes but not in batting,” he said.

When asked about his outstanding performances with the bat in the past year, Kohli said: “I have heard words like purple patch once earlier also when I was scoring runs. I am not thinking too much and that’s helped. For me, individual milestones are not important. The target is to score heavily so that I can help my team win more and more matches.”

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