Virat Kohli believes India have experience to capitalize on victory against England

India's Virat Kohli celebrates a wicket against England at Trent Bridge. (Action Images via Reuters)
Updated 29 August 2018
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Virat Kohli believes India have experience to capitalize on victory against England

  • India have arrived at Hampshire’s headquarters on the back of a thumping 203-run victory at Trent Bridge
  • irat Kohli believes India are better placed to avoid the mistakes of four years ago as they look to build on their third Test win over Englan

SOUTHAMPTON: Virat Kohli believes India are better placed to avoid the mistakes of four years ago as they look to build on their third Test win over England when the series continues in Southampton on Thursday.
India have arrived at Hampshire’s headquarters on the back of a thumping 203-run victory at Trent Bridge — a match in which captain Kohli scored exactly 200 runs, including a century, for the second time this series after performing a similar feat in the first Test at Edgbaston.
Last week’s success in Nottingham saw India cut England’s lead in the five-match campaign to 2-1.
In 2014, India came to Hampshire having beaten England by 95 runs to be 1-0 up after three Tests in a five-match series with one draw.
But from then on it was one-way traffic, with England thrashing India by 266 runs to start a run of three straight wins that led to a 3-1 series success.
“Last time around I can’t really pinpoint as to what we did wrong or maybe England played much better than us,” Kohli told reporters at Southampton on Wednesday.
“We probably didn’t have the experience to capitalize on the lead is how I see things four years down the line,” added the world’s top-ranked Test batsman.
“Right now, we understand that we are in a very exciting position to have gained momentum at the right time in the series and to have played like that when two-nil down, when everyone thought it is going to be a clean sweep (for England) or we are going to be rolled over.”
Instead, victory in Nottingham has given India an opportunity to become just the second side in Test history to win a five-match series from 2-0 down — with a Don Bradman-inspired Australia, against England in 1936/37, the only team to have achieved that feat.
“It was just about capitalizing on the big moments during the Test match,” said Kohli of his side’s success at Trent Bridge.
“As cricketers we understand when a Test match goes away from you and we spoke about recognizing that and making sure that we are relentless and ruthless in terms of capitalizing on those important moments which we did in Nottingham,” he added.
Kohli, however, said India could not afford to be complacent if the world’s number-one ranked Test side were to achieve their over-riding goal of a series win.
“If Nottingham was hard work this is going to be even harder,” he insisted.
“England will want to come back strongly. We understand that and we will have to be even better (than at Trent Bridge).”
And with Kohli declaring off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin “good to go” following a groin strain at Trent Bridge, this Test could be the one where India field the same team twice in a row for the first time in 46 matches at this level.
“It has not always been the case of changes,” said Kohli. “There have been injuries as well.
“Seeing the way things are right now, we don’t feel we need to change anything.”


India beats Pakistan by 8 wickets in Asia Cup

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India beats Pakistan by 8 wickets in Asia Cup

  • India's opening batsmen dazzled the sold-out crowd with their positive intent and a flurry of strokes
  • Pakistan coach Micky Arthur acknowledged that his side was outplayed in all departments of the game

DUBAI: India was rarely tested in a dominating eight-wicket win over traditional rival Pakistan in their group match of the Asia Cup Wednesday.
At Dubai International Stadium, captain Sarfraz Ahmed's decision to bat first after winning the toss backfired when a disciplined Indian bowling attack wrapped up the Pakistan innings for a meagre 162 in 43.1 overs.
India's reply was led by its rampant captain Rohit Sharma, who raced to 52 in just 39 balls and added 86 runs in 13 overs with Shikhar Dhawan for the opening stand. They achieved the target in the 29th over, losing just the two openers.
The result was inconsequential as both teams have already qualified for the round-robin Super Four stage following wins in their respective opening group matches against Hong Kong.
If India's opening bowling attack was sensational — Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah gave away just four runs and removed the two openers in the first five overs — the opening batsmen dazzled the sold-out crowd with their positive intent and a flurry of strokes.
"We were disciplined right from the start," Sharma said. "It was a great game for the bowling unit, especially since we knew it won't be easy in these conditions. We stuck to our plan and did what we had planned to do on this surface. The wickets in the first couple of overs were very important because of the quality of their batting. We didn't want to make things easy for them."
Sharma smashed six boundaries and three sixes, and was particularly severe on seamer Usman Khan in the bowler's fourth over. He hooked a bouncer for six, followed by a stylish pull off a no-ball on one leg for a four to the fine-leg boundary. He then pulled the free-hit delivery deep into the stand behind mid-wicket for another six.
Sharma departed soon after reaching his half-century, misreading the first ball from spinner Shadab Khan and getting bowled off his pads.
Dhawan, who scored 127 in India's opening win over Hong Kong, wasn't exactly a silent partner and he too played some audacious shots before cutting Faheem Ashraf straight into the hands of Babar Azam at backward point four runs short of a half century.
Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik (both unbeaten on 31) then saw the defending champions home.
Earlier, a third-wicket partnership of 80 between Azam (47) and Shoaib Malik (43) could not put Pakistan on the path to recovery.
Azam was bowled with the score on 85 after he tried to step out to left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav and missed the line completely, and the next four wickets could only put together 56 runs as they struggled against the flattish off-spin bowling of part-timer Kedar Jadhav.
Bumrah, coming back into the team after getting a rest against Hong Kong on Tuesday, did not give away a single run in his first two overs, and his partner Bhuvneshwar Kumar reaped the rewards as the suffocated Inam-ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman fell to ambitious shots.
Kumar later returned to remove the tailender Hasan Ali and finished with figures of 3-15 in seven overs. Jadhav also took three wickets for 23 in nine overs.
Pakistan coach Micky Arthur acknowledged that his side was outplayed in all departments of the game.
"We were below par today," he said. "What was very disappointing was that we batted outside our roles. It's not Imam's role to run down to Bhuvneshwar Kumar and try to hit him over the top. If Fakhar gets out that way, it's OK. Other batsmen needed to take responsibility. To have 158 dot balls out of 258 faced is just not good enough."
There was a bit of scare for India when all-rounder Hardik Pandya needed to be stretchered off the field after injuring his lower back while bowling the 18th over of the inning.
India made two changes to the team that won against Hong Kong, with Bumrah and Pandya coming in for Shardul Thakur and Khaleel Ahmed. Pakistan fielded an unchanged eleven following their eight-wicket win over Hong Kong on Sunday.