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Virat Kohli comes to terms with not being able to hit big sixes

Davis James
8.49K   //    23 Feb 2016, 15:49 IST
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Kohli spoke ahead of India's Asia Cup fixture against Bangladesh

The Indian vice-captain is, arguably, one of the best T20I cricketers around right now. Virat Kohli is the only batsman who has a batting average of more than 50 in T20Is. This speaks volumes about the 27-year-old's ability to stay at the crease for a longer time in the shortest format of the game and consistently make runs.

The T20 format is one which is mainly dominated by players who can hit sixes on a regular basis. However, this is one quality that Kohli seems to be lacking as he has hit just 27 sixes in 33 T20Is while he has hit 124 fours in the same amount of matches.

Kohli, though, does not seem to be worried about his ‘inability’ to hit a lot of sixes, and only wants to play to his strengths of finding the gaps and scoring via boundaries and quick running between the wickets.

“The game plan in my initial days in T20 was to get 10 off 10 and then take off. But I realised that I don't have the kind of shots to hit big sixes. I have come to terms with the fact that I cannot hit big sixes so I focus on boundaries,” Kohli explained to the media ahead of India's Asia Cup opener against Bangladesh.

Kohli also spoke about what gameplan India would approach each game with and did not want to consider any team as a threat nor take any opponent lightly.

“Every team is dangerous in T20. On a particular day, we are not looking at any team as a major threat. We will take the challenge very similarly be it any team from around the world, that's the way we need to approach a tournament like the World Cup.

“If you focus on two or three teams too much, then one tends to lose focus on the rest. Every game counts in this format. Things can change very quickly, momentum is a big factor.  Both India and Bangladesh are very strong but we are not focusing on strengths of the opposition too much,” Kohli said.

The No. 2 T20I batsman also stressed on how important the break he got during the India-Sri Lanka series was and how it would help him perform the forthcoming tournaments with intensity.

“It was a good break after a long time. I got time to get away from the game. Rest was important as I was playing non-stop cricket. It's an important phase, so it was good, little bit of training, rest, spending time at home, it was a good break all in all,” Kohli said.

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