One step at a time for Kohli

Published: Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 9:17 [IST]
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One step at a time for Kohli

Mirpur: As the saying goes, when opportunities come you must grab it.

Virat Kohli exactly did the same. Two ODI centuries and four half centuries in 19 matches, Kohli had grabbed every opportunity that has come his way but the young batsman says he will take one step at a time and not think of too far to keep pressure at bay.

Addressing the press after he helped India beat Bangladesh by six wickets in a tri-series match here with an unbeaten 102, Kohli said he is still under pressure whenever he goes to out bat.

"Pressure is there as I am in the early stage of my career. I want to grab every opportunity that comes my way. I got a lot of confidence from the century I scored against Sri Lanka in Kolkata last month. I am in a great form and I want to continue my form but at the same time I don't want to put myself under pressure by setting goals and targets," he said.

"I could not score much in the first match (of the tri-series) and I came out late in the innings in the second match. So I am happy that I scored a century today," said Kohli, the man of the match and tournament top scorer with 279 runs. He said the Emerging Players' Tournament last year in Australia had done a lot of good in his confidence which has made him a better player.

"I did not change much in my technique of batting. But the Emerging Players' Tournament in Australia gave me a lot of confidence. That changed my career," said the right-handed batsman who led India to Under-19 World Cup triumph in 2008.The temperamental batsman, who is considered to carry some attitude, accepted that he committed mistakes and was trying to rectify them by just concentrating on the game.

"Everybody is entitled to have his or her opinions (that I have attitudinal issues). I made mistakes and I have accepted it and trying to rectify myself. I just want to concentrate on cricket and not think of any other things," he said.

Asked if he now dreams of staking a Test spot, Kohli said, "Getting a Test spot is any cricketer's dream. I want to make the most out of my current good form. But I don't want to think too far ahead. I will take one step at a time."


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