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I want team to benefit from my batting: Kohli

Indian batting mainstay says he is disappointed at not building on his good start against England

I want team to benefit from my batting: Kohli - Cricket News
Virat Kohli wants to play more key roles in Indian victories.
Virat Kohli’s innings of 40 against England in the Group A match of the ICC World Twenty20 2012 led the foundation for India’s convincing 90-run victory over the defending champions. 

However, Kohli expressed his disappointment at having failed to capitalise on his good form and throwing his wicket away going for one big shot too many. “I thought and planned a lot for that England match,” said Kohli. “Against a strong opposition, you really want to do well. I got off to a good start; I was hitting the ball but unfortunately could not convert. That is why I am disappointed.” 

Kohli, who has scored 281 runs including of three half-centuries in six Twenty20 International innings so far this year, recognises that it is not possible to score a fifty every time he bats, but wants the team to benefit out of his purple patch. “Of course it cannot happen every time that you cross 50 in an international game, but that is the standard I have set for myself,” said Kohli. “I want the team to benefit from me batting in the middle.” 

The decision to play five bowlers in the game certainly made that department stronger, as England was bundled out with more than five overs to spare. Reflecting on the decision, Kohli said, “We just tried something new – to play five bowlers – and it sort of worked for us, as the ball was turning.” 

“It was just comfortable for him (MS Dhoni) and the team to play five bowlers, because you know if one bowler gets smashed, you don’t have to fill in part timers for him,” said Kohli. “You can have another specialist bowler who can do the job and also get a wicket. That is the difference playing five bowlers made.” 

While not giving an indication of the playing XI in the near future, Kohli said the team would work out the best combination for the day. “Hopefully we will try to do the same sort of combination, but I really cannot comment on that, but yes it felt more comfortable standing in the fielding, knowing that you have five bowlers inside (the park),” said Kohli. 

India play their first Super Eights match against Australia on Friday (27 September) and Kohli’s role in the game cannot be undermined. “They are tough competitors. They do not give anything away and they like to fight out every situation thrown to them. It will be a tough match and hopefully we can go through the test and put in a good performance,” said Kohli.

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