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‘Think about my game even while travelling’

Calcutta: Not just rigorous practice at the nets, but thinking about the game even when he is not on the field also has a lot to do regarding Virat Kohli’s ascent.

Over the last three years, especially, Kohli’s form has been phenomenal across all formats. Scoring at an amazing consistency, Kohli’s exploits have strengthened India’s batting further, giving it an all new dimension.

Giving an insight into his cricketing mind, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain said he prepares for a match by training his brain even while travelling in a bus on way to the ground.

“Even when I am going to the ground by bus, I keep thinking about my game and the shots I’m going to play and against which bowler... Once you train your brain what to do, you obviously then find the perfect zone going out in the middle. It also helps getting the combinations right,” he said in a video posted on the Royal Challengers’ website.

Kohli said he visualises how to play certain bowlers before the start of a particular match, which helps him in approaching a game in a much better way. “I visualise a lot. I sit and think before a game. I visualise the bowlers who I am going to face the next day or on the day of the game. It keeps me in a better frame of mind,” he emphasised.

Talking about his strength, Kohli said controlled aggression on the field is his forte and he channelises it in the right perspective to perform even better.

“My strength is a lot of intensity on the field. My strength is aggression, but it’s more of controlled aggression now. I try to channelise it as much as I can in the things I want to do on the field,” he explained.

Already having 19 centuries beside his name in ODIs, Kohli said he does not pay much attention to praises and criticisms. “Every time I start scoring, people say he is in the form of his life. So, I don’t really pay attention to that. Even if you are not doing well, just one or two good matches can change things around for you,” was Kohli’s ways of putting it.He also does not think about his past and present performances, but concentrates on doing well in the matches lying ahead.

“I don’t think about what I have done in the past or how well I have performed in the recent matches I was part of. For me, it is always the next game and my focus is to keep on doing well,” he said.

Given RCB’s present situation in IPL VII, Kohli certainly needs to continue striving to do better and take the opposition bowlers head on. True, the Royal Challengers comprise Chris Gayle, Yuvraj Singh and AB de Villiers in their ranks, which proves there’s no dearth of quality in the team. But considering his run-scoring ability of late and the fact that he’s the one with the best knowledge of these conditions, Kohli is the best bet to help RCB get back on track.

For, poor batting has the been main reason behind their three straight defeats in the ongoing IPL.