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Conviction key to Virat Kohli’s success

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Published May 8, 2016, 12:52 am IST
Updated May 8, 2016, 12:52 am IST
Indian Test captain revealed what goes through his mind during the high pressure situation in the middle.
Royal Challengers Bangalore's Virat Kohli celebrates his century during the IPL 2016 match against Rising Pune Supergiants in Bengaluru on Saturday. (Photo: AP)
 Royal Challengers Bangalore's Virat Kohli celebrates his century during the IPL 2016 match against Rising Pune Supergiants in Bengaluru on Saturday. (Photo: AP)

Bengaluru: Virat Kohli has the ability to make even the toughest of knocks look easy and following his most recent display for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Rising Pune Supergiants, the Indian Test captain revealed what goes through his mind during the high pressure situation in the middle.

“It’s about understanding what lines the bowlers are trying to bowl at you. We need to get into the bowler’s head. At that stage, Rajat Bhatia couldn’t afford to give me width. “The pressure was on him at that stage not to give a boundary away. I understood that, so you have to back yourself enough to know the ball is full enough to pierce long off and covers. It doesn’t matter how much gap they have in between them, even if it’s 20m, you need to hit it well enough to beat the two fielders. I think it’s all about being convinced that you can hit in that area and get the result you want to,” he stated.

He also remarked that while records are well and good, it’s playing for the team that matters most to him. “Not that I was desperate to get one, but last time I felt that it was something I had not achieved as far as my batting is concerned. I didn’t look at my score, I looked at how many runs and balls are there and how many runs we need to score in which over. In that process if you get a milestone, it feels sweet. “In an hour or two when I realise actually what happened then it will feel far sweeter, but the ultimate target was the victory,” said the 27-year-old cricketer.

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