Indian youngsters thrive on pressure: Kohli

Published: Thursday, June 9, 2011, 11:45 [IST]
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Youngsters thrive on pressure:Kohli

Port of Spain (Trinidad), Jun : After guiding India to a seven-wicket victory over the West Indies in the second ODI with his match winning 81-run knock, Virat Kohli said the pressure situations bring the best out of the current bunch of Indian players.

"The young Indians players want to handle pressure. We want to improve in every game. Take as much responsibility as we can. We want to make use of every opportunity," said Kohli at the post-match press conference.

Chasing a target of 241 on a sluggish wicket, Kohli played a stellar hand, first partnering opener Parthiv Patel (56) for 120-run second wicket stand and then withstanding a little tremor induced by the rain breaks.

Revealing that the Indian team think-tank wants him, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma to take on as much responsibility as they could in the on-going ODI series, Kohli said, "We have been around for sometime and so are expected to take most of the responsibility to ensure that others bat with a lot more freedom, without much pressure."

Kohli also disclosed that the instruction is -- at least one of the top three batsmen must bat through, or at least till the first 30 overs.

"We have decided that the top three must bat through or at least till 30 overs," said Kohli.

The 22-year-old, who completed his 2000 runs in ODIs that took him only 53 innings -- the second fastest behind the joint record holder Navjot Singh Sidhu and Sourav Ganguly (52 innings each), said he does not want to set a target for himself in this series.

"It would be a pressure. At number three, I could be going to bat in the first or in the 16th over. I wouldn''t like to have this pressure," said Kohli.

The youngster, who was criticised for his attitude during his early cricketing career, admitted that he was getting astray and needed to pull himself back on the track.

"I was determined to transform myself. I was getting carried away, off the field, which wasn''t good. But then everyone around you lets you know, the word spreads and you realise that you got to change. I had to decide myself, no one can help you with such a decision," said Kohli.

"I reminded myself that not many get to play for India. I had to set my priority. It''s a massive privilege, a huge motivation," he added.


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