Virat Kohli’s amusing response: The Indian captain saw the lighter side of one of the questions asked to him on Indian batting unit.
India captain Virat Kohli’s press conference before India’s semi-final against New Zealand at Old Trafford tomorrow saw him sharing his opinion on various fronts. From speaking about a surprise bowler to this World Cup being MS Dhoni’s last, Kohli provided some insightful and some hilarious answers.
In what was another amusing answer by the 30-year old cricketer, he discussed India’s ‘flexible’ batting unit in this tournament. With vice-captain Rohit Sharma scoring runs at will, Kohli opened up on ‘literally’ batting at No. 4 in this World Cup and how the same taught him a lot.
“I’m glad you didn’t say is it the ideal XI [laughs]? Jokes apart, having played 10-11 years in the team, it’s my responsibility to play according to the team’s needs. I’ve been very happy if I walk in in a situation where I understand that I need to play in a certain manner. I’m open to do that.
“I have walked in [a few times] literally as a No. 4. I’ve had to control the innings in the middle-order and I’ve learnt so much in this World Cup. When situation arises, you have to do that [control one end] for the other guys to express themselves,” Kohli was quoted as saying.
“You need to be flexible in the World Cup…”
Before concluding, Kohli talked about how well the likes of all-rounder Hardik Pandya and middle-order batsman Rishabh Pant have played at No. 4. The skipper also expressed his intentions of continuing to be flexible in the remaining matches.
“It’s been nice. It’s been a different kind of a challenge for me. Just rotating strike and understand how to play in those middle overs. Hardik [Pandya] has come at 4. Now Rishabh [Pant] is batting at 4. These guys came come out and strike from ball one knowing that they have a lot of batting behind them.
“To go a long way in a tournament like this, you need to be flexible especially going with the situation of the game. You can’t have a set batting order. I think we’ve handled it well. That’s why we have won the number of games we have. We intend to do the same,” Kohli added.
Virat Kohli’s amusing response:
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