Gambhir, Sehwag would get big scores soon: Kohli

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Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012, 14:27 [IST]
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Colombo, Sep 20: India's sensational batsman Virat Kohli who struck a magnificent half century against Afghanistan to help India script a comprehensive win over the minnows in the opening clash at ICC World T20, said the team's death bowling has been a concern, as bowlers have been leaking too many runs.

Gauti, Viru will fire soon, says Kohli

India's bowling spearhead Zaheer Khan and Irfan Pathan disappointed as they both conceded 10.33 and 7.25 runs per over, Pathan was fortunate to get one wicket, while Zaheer went wicketless for 32 off 3 overs.

Talking about the team's bowling performance, Kohli said "I believe we could have done better as a bowling unit and won by a bigger margin. We could have bowled in better areas. I think our bowling in the initial overs has been pretty good but it is the bowling at the death that needs to improve."

He further elaborated on the merits and demerits of playing a lower-ranked team, as those teams do not worry about the outcome.

"That's exactly what happens when you play a lower-ranked opposition. They do not have the fear of failure. They are not concerned about the match situations and little things.

"Normally, in these situations, you find players expressing themselves well and doing the right things more often than not."

Defending Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, Kohli said he was confident that they would come good as the tournament progresses.

"Normally, when you hit a bad patch in the T20s, it tends to get stretched for a few matches but you need that one match to make a comeback. And in this format, a good start means 40-45 runs unlike ODIs where you need 85-90 run starts. I believe our openers are experienced and soon they would get big scores."

He further added that change in the batting line-up would not give the desired outcome, and ruled out any changes in the top order.

"I don't think it's a good idea. In T20s, you need a set batting line-up as far as the top three batsmen are concerned. The moment you start changing the combination and provided it doesn't work, it can have a negative effect. When it comes to bowling combination, you can still make some changes but not in batting."

Talking about the pitch, Kohli said it was a slow track and assisted the spinners.

"I won't say this is a great batting wicket but nevertheless a good wicket to bat on. It's on the slower side and spinners will have more purchase. The pacers on this kind of track need to be very clever in their variations."

Kohli, who has been termed the run-machine off late, as he has been consitent for the last few years, said he was not thinking about records nor the milestones, but wanted to contribute to the team's success.

"I have heard words like purple patch once earlier also when I was scoring runs. I am not thinking too much and that's helped. For me, individual milestones are not important. The target is to score heavily so that I can help my team win more and more matches," he concluded.


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