India batting coach Sanjay Bangar, on Thursday, praised India skipper Virat Kohli for his terrific performance with the bat on Day 2 of the first Test match against England. Speaking to reporters at the press conference after the day’s play, in which Kohli fought a lone battle for his side, scoring 149 runs, Bangar said the 29-year old showed terrific discipline during his innings.
“He (Kohli) showed terrific discipline I felt. At no instance did he reach out for the ball, and probably a couple of our other batsmen reached out, which caused their downfall. But that is something which we’ve been speaking of, practicing quite a lot. And on days, these things come off and on certain days those things don’t come out as a batter. Definitely, the batsmen are aware and are taking all efforts to correct the errors,” he said.The former Indian allrounder went on to add that Kohli focuses more on the team’s performance rather than individual landmarks, which essentially helped India on a tough day. “He’s a versatile player. At times, quality players keep on assessing their own games and where they want to progress. The awareness that is required under certain conditions, but he does that really well. Again, terrific discipline. When he bats in that fashion, he more often than not gets the team into good positions. Passing an individual landmark doesn’t mean much to him, more than that if it’s a good day for him, he makes sure it’s a great day for him and the team. That’s why he got 149 and it narrowed down the gap beautifully,” he said.
Bangar further added that Kohli continues to make changes to his game and improving, which makes him a threat for all oppositions. “Nowadays we see video analysis of each and every player. The opposition can easily put finger on what lacunae a particular player has. So you have to know your shortcomings, keep working on it and stay a step ahead. Virat’s pursuit is for excellence and he keeps working on his craft. So this knock gives immense satisfaction to him,” he said.
he batting coach further said that the youngsters, from both the teams, can learn a few tricks looking at Kohli’s innings. “If the ball is swinging or turning, it poses a different challenge and you need to guts it out in the middle. There were batsmen on either side who did that – Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow and from our side the openers showed a lot of gumption in the first 10-12 overs and then you saw how Virat had to play through various phases where run making wasn’t that easy,” he said.
He further added that Kohli’s innings has brought the match to an even playfield. “At one stage we were staring down the barrel, and the gap was huge, but because of Virat’s brilliance and the commitment shown by the batsmen around him – maybe those contributions might not look too many from Hardik, Ashwin, Ishant, Umesh – they might not have scored runs, but they stitched together partnerships and supported Virat beautifully. Because of that it’s still even-stevens,” Bangar said.
England finished off the second day with a score of 9/1 at stumps, having a lead of 22 runs at stumps.