NZ vs Ind: Kohli has words of advice for his players ahead of second Test
Indian captain Virat Kohli came up with some words of advice for his team, regarding their batting approach especially while playing in tough conditions. The body language was not right from the word go and hence the Indians failed to score more than 200 in both innings of the first Test at Basin Reserve in Wellington.
India’s dependable No.3 batsman Pujara consumed too many balls to get off the mark even while batting for the second time in the first Test. In the first innings, he played as many as 81 balls and could score just 11 runs. This mounted pressure on Indian opener, Mayank Agarwal as the latter played a rash shot in the end, who was looking good at the other end.
Mayank was the pick of the batsmen for India as he top-scored with 58 with the help of seven fours and a six.
“I think the language we use as a batting unit has to be correct. I don’t think being cautious or wary will help because you might stop playing your shots. You will start doubting that if even singles are not coming in those conditions, what will you do? You are just waiting for when that good ball will come and you will be dismissed,” Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation.
In addition to that, Hanuma Vihari adopted the same approach during his stay at the crease as he scored just 15 off 79 deliveries.
“If I see a situation, if it is a green wicket, then I try to play counter-attacking cricket so that I can take the team forward. But I don’t think a cautious approach ever pays off, especially away from home,” continued the Indian skipper.
Only Ajinkya Rahane looked comfortable to tackle the New Zealand bowling with his knock of 46 in the first innings.
“If we start thinking too much about the conditions, then you won’t be able to focus on your batting. When you are not playing in your (home) conditions, the game becomes more mental,” Kohli signed off.