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Captaincy is not affecting my batting, says out-of-form Virat Kohli

Updated: Thursday, May 15, 2014, 12:04 [IST]
 
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Bangalore, May 14: Virat Kohli, who is not having a good run of form with the bat, has said his captaincy has nothing to do with lack of runs for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the ongoing IPL 7.

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When queried about his poor form and whether captaincy was affecting his batting, Kohli answered in the negative after RCB's win over Delhi Daredevils here at M Chinnaswamy Stadium last night.

'Captaincy is not affecting my batting'

"I promoted myself up the order because as I said I was trying a bit hard in trying circumstances but now I am relaxed. The players are contributing which is acting as a cushion for me," he said.

"I was captain last year and I scored 680 runs. So, that's not the pressure I am taking. Sometimes we should accept things the way they are rather than getting frustrated which harms you even more. I have realised that I have to be mature enough to take that in stride," Kohli added.

Kohli said he opening the innings was not an issue for him. "If someone gets out in the first over, more or less I feel as an opener. I am not worried about opening the innings. I don't have any issues with it," he said.

On the changing game plan, Kohli said some changes were made because the management wanted to give bowlers rest after being hit all over the park in the last game.

"You tend to try a few different things when the results are not going in your way. We try to stick to the same team. Probably we make one change every game. After the last game we wanted to give bowlers mental rest, and that is why these many changes," he said.

The management also changed batting order but fell back to the normal plan since it did not click, Kohli said, adding, "Yuvi, me and AB (de Villiers) can capitalise on someone getting 30 or 40 at the top."

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Story first published:  Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 13:34 [IST]
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