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Kohli Hails Pacers' Promising Show Ahead of World Cup

Virat Kohli said the recent performances of the pace bowlers, especially Umesh Yadav, has given him a lot of hope going into the mega-event.

Published: 05th November 2014 06:17 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th November 2014 06:17 PM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

AHMEDABAD: India are looking at the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka mainly as preparation for the World Cup and home team's captain Virat Kohli today said the recent performances of the pace bowlers, especially Umesh Yadav, has given him a lot of hope going into the mega-event.      

"I have been very impressed with Umesh (Yadav) since he came back (from injury). He has been bowling quick and has also been consistent, not inconsistent any more," said Kohli ahead of the second ODI tomorrow.     

"He’s hitting good areas with good pace and that’s giving the batsmen trouble on flat wickets like the other day as well in Delhi against the West Indies (in the abandoned series) when his opening spell was really nice. He’s working on his death bowling as well," said Kohli.      

Talking about other members of pace attack, Kohli said: "Ishant (Sharma) has been playing Test cricket for a while now so he knows what to do and how to do it. Obviously he will have good and bad times. He also bounced back pretty well after not having such a very good ODI season.      

"Coming closer to the World Cup it’s great to see all these guys bowling really well as a stronger pace attack in Australia will give us an added advantage," said the stylish batsman.       

Kohli also praised the batting, India’s strongest suit for years, and said the idea was to try out different players in different batting positions in the ongoing five-match series.      

"The batting has come together very nicely over the past one or one and half years. It’s not like it has happened recently, it’s a gradual process and the guys are more comfortable batting in their spots.

The whole idea of this series is to try different people at different positions and see how they react to those situations, but it’s not like neglecting the fact that we have to win the games.      

"It’s obviously keeping in mind that those guys are good enough to play in those positions and able to win those games for us. It’s all about infusing that confidence into people and they will end up giving you the result. So this is just a phase leading up to the World Cup," said Kohli.

About his penchant to take the second power play earlier than normal, kohli said it was an instinctive call.      

"It’s more an instinctive thing… I am a sort of a person who if I feel something needs to be done (I will do it). If I instinctively feel something needs to be done I end up doing it rather than not doing it and sort of thinking later that I should have tried it. You rather try and make a mistake and learn from it than not trying anything at all.      

"I instinctively decided to take batting power play knowing well that they had just put on the part time bowler. Because both our players (openers Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane) were closer to a milestone they were probably looking to take out those five-six overs at that point of the innings and that turned out to be crucial for us. We ended up scoring 10 runs an over (in fact 62 in five overs) both got closer to their hundreds. And the milestone, which was fifty, was out of their minds immediately and that worked pretty well for us," he explained.      

Kohli has been nominated as one of the four players in the running for the ICC ODI player of the year award. He feels his second nomination for the honour is more satisfying as it shows that he is a consistent performer.      

"Well I have been nominated twice, the first (time) I won it (2012-13) and this is the second time. The first time was special because I ended up winning it.

This is more satisfying because you know you have been able to repeat that performance which is always a challenge for a cricketer," said Kohli ahead of leading India in the second ODI against Sri Lanka here tomorrow.     

"I am really happy with the nomination and hopefully I can keep up the performance and be recognised like this the every season I play," said the Delhi batsman who celebrates his 26th birthday today.      

Kohli struggled to get going in the last Test series in England and the poor form continued in the succeeding ODI series too in which he had one 40-plus score, so basically he has got the nomination for his outstanding show in the previous months.



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