‘In the last game, I stared at the bowler, didn’t say anything’

I know now that the opposition wants to get me out, that’s why they are going to try to rattle me.

Hamilton | Updated: January 24, 2014 8:14 pm

Virat Kohli has said he has matured and his days of verbally confronting the opposition were behind him. Talking to reporters ahead of second ODI in Hamilton, the Indian vice-captain conceded there may have been times that some of his reactions may have been over the top during heated exchanges. Kohli added that the team was looking forward to bat responsibly in the series.

Excerpts:

On his outbursts

I have made a few mistakes early on that I admit myself and there have been times when I have gone over the top, but that’s how you learn. In the last game, a bowler gave me a stare and I gave him a stare back. I didn’t say anything. I have realised it is important to make your presence felt but it doesn’t always have to be with words. It can be with your bat.

On players targeting him

I know now that the opposition wants to get me out, that’s why they are going to try to rattle me and try to get me into a fight but that gives me one more reason not to get out.

On batting

It would have been better if we had won but it has been a positive start for us and I am sure that going forward in this series, we will bat more responsibly and get into good positions.

It felt very good batting in the last match. The good thing is that we got time to prepare, so mentally I was in the right space. We practised for about five days before the series started and it really helped me to set up my plans and play according to the conditions and the sort of bowling that we are going to be facing from New Zealand throughout the series.

On his record IN chases

While chasing, you know how many runs you need to get and that is something I have always taken as a positive. I can analyse situations and figure out at what stage of the innings I need to score how many runs and what I need to do to put the team in a strong position.

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