Indian captain Virat Kohli is aware of the New Zealand’s quality bowling attack but believes India’s bowling has been top as well
Indian captain Virat Kohli is aware of the New Zealand’s quality bowling attack but believes India’s bowling has been top as well and thought his team is ready to deliver in the high pressure game during their World Cup semifinal at the Old Trafford Tuesday.
“Well, according to me, our bowling attack has been up there with the best, if not the best bowling attack in the competition. I think the way we have bowled in low-scoring games, even coming back into the match when the guys have been hit, I think they have shown a lot of character,” said Kohli during the pre-match press conference at Old Trafford on Monday.
“And the New Zealand attack has always been a very balanced bowling attack. Their pacers are very consistent. Mitchell Santner brings in a lot of control with his skills in the middle overs. So they are a team which has always been a very consistent team, so we know that against them we'll have to be very, very disciplined, at the same time we will have to play very correct cricket to score runs against them because they are bowling good lines and lengths and they know what they are doing.”
“So we have to be sure of what we are doing and that's the kind of challenge that the team brings. They put the ball in the right areas and then make you play good shots. So, it's going to be a nice battle,” he added.
Kohli has scored 442 runs in 8 innings for India with an average of 63.14 and strike rate of 95.05 with five half centuries in the ongoing tournament. He has not scored any century yet in the 2019 World Cup where opener Rohit Sharma has scored five. But India captain is not worried about his lack of centuries as he is happy with the role he is playing for the team.
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“I am not missing the hundreds, not at all. It's been a different kind of role that I've had to play in this World Cup and, as the captain of the team, I have been open to playing any kind of role that the team wants me to, so it's great that Rohit is scoring so consistently which means that coming in the latter half of the innings you have to play a different role which is controlling the middle overs and letting guys like Hardik[Pandya], Kedar[Yadav], MS [Dhoni] in the past few games, and now Rishabh [Pant], come out and express themselves,” Kohli said.
“So I have understood that roles can vary a lot in one-day cricket, depending on the time you step into bat, and I have been very happy with holding one end and letting guys express themselves striking at 150, 160 or 200 if the team needs and I can accelerate in the end.”
“Personal milestones honestly is something that no-one ever focuses on. Rohit said the same thing the other day. He is only trying to do the best for the team and in that process special things happen which is something that I have always believed in my career so far and I could never imagine that I could get the number of hundreds I have and the only focus has always been the team,”
“So I think playing a team sport you need to adapt and I'm very happy doing that role and I hope he gets two more so we can win two more games (smiling),” Kohli concluded.
The match will start on 10:30am local time.