He stood tall with a sparkling hundred before India self-destructed in the opening match against New Zealand and vice-captain Virat Kohli today said his fellow batsmen will have to produce a more “responsible” performance for the side to stage a comeback here tomorrow.
The number three batsman hit his 18th ODI hundred in the first match of the series at Napier on Sunday. However, it wasn’t good enough to win the match for India as the visitors lost by 24 runs, surrendering a 1-0 lead.
“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,” he Kohli said ahead of the second match here.
Personally, Kohli was happy with the way he performed in the game.
“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,” he said.
“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.
“I got a lot of time to visualise and it was a very good feeling that I was able to execute my plans,” Kohli added.
It was Kohli’s 12th hundred while chasing in the ODIs and on previous 11 occasions, he has been able to take his team across the finish line.
“While chasing, you know how many runs you need to get and that is something I have always taken as a positive,” he said, explaining his mindset.
“Because that way 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 at that particular moment. It’s more like having a target ahead of you and breaking it down is a lot easier as far as I am concerned,” Kohli added.
“I look at it in a very different way and it gives me the right kind of mindset to execute my plans according to how many runs are needed during that situation. That’s the only thing I have figured out, why I like to bat second and why I like to calculate scores.”
Though happy with his own show, Kohli said a hundred in the winning cause is what he would have preferred.
“…it is very special if you are able to finish the game for your team. That’s something that I always aim to achieve,” he said.
In the first ODI though, he was unable to do so, because the next best score after his 123 continued…