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Kohli admits ‘down under’ Indians will focus on ‘composure, concentration’

New Delhi, PTI | Updated : 24 November 2014, 01:42 PM

Indian cricket team’s stand in captain Virat Kohli has admitted that it can be very hard in a place like Australia to come back if one is down in the series so the focus would be to have the composure and the concentration in those important moments.

Kohli says India must motor from the outset to find elusive series success in Australia. However wicketkeeper-batsman Ryan Carters said that the Cricket Australia XI aims to start the rot for the visitors in back-to-back tour matches starting on Monday at Glenelg Oval.

India’s 4-0 loss to Australia in 2011-12 and England’s 5-0 capitulation last summer proved there was no time to find feet Down Under, News.com.au reported.

Kohli, who must improve on a disappointing tour of England this winter where India lost 3-1 and he laboured for 134 runs at 13.4, said that that’s going to be one of their priorities in this series, to start on the right note.

He admitted that it can be very hard in a place like Australia to come back if one is down in the series so the focus would be to have the composure and the concentration in those important moments. He added that that’s how one wins Test matches, those small, little battles.

Kohli said that a full strength India XI, minus injured skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, would figure in two-games starting on Monday and Friday in a bid to gain rare match practice ahead of the series opener from December 4 at the Gabba.

Kohli, who struck a maiden Test ton in Adelaide three years ago, said that they are going to try and string in the best combination they can for the start of the first Test and probably stick with that combination through the whole series.

The stand-in skipper admitted that it’s very important to give those 11 players confidence that they are going to play regardless of what happens in the first two games or something like that.

Kohli said that the 11 one picks are probably going to be their match-winners, the big impact players.

First Published: Monday, November 24, 2014 01:39 PM
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