Virat Kohli Says Ravi Shastri Being Called A Yes Man Was "Bizarre"

Kohli calls for batting improvement ahead of Australia tour - Cricbuzz

"And our focus more will be on how the batsmen bat well together on this tour", he added.

India are scheduled to play 3 T20Is, 4 Tests and 3 ODIs in Australia with series beginning on 21 November with the T20Is. "The bowlers are in a great space". Mohammed Shami (16 wickets), Jasprit Bumrah (14 wickets) and Hardik Pandya (10 wickets) also performed better than their English counterparts on some occasions which is why the team is feeling very confident of a similar performance in Australia. Things that conveniently need to be put out there will be put out there.

Kohli stressed that playing for the BCCI crest is what mattered most for the team. "It can happen only when individuals work on those things". And I can vouch for it because we all went through a really hard time in England in 2014. We played good cricket but the mistakes were also very extreme. Because I'm on my own out there.

That is why the team is more focussed on improving its performance with the bat in Australia, where they will play a series of four Tests starting December 6. "When you win Tests, you see those kind of performances". What we did right, why we won a Test match? It's not about forgetting a victory and enjoying it. "If they want to look at a certain way, we will reciprocate it", Kohli said. "No one is here wanting to dominate or gain something out of this". If we learn from the mistakes that we made in South Africa and England, it will hold us in good stead in Australia. We need to be consistent as a team. We have to understand how to control the situation (after a collapse). So that It's not so radical that we can't get our heads ahead from that. And if that happens in any case, we should know how to refresh rather than pile it on in our heads. But no one can tell me what to do on every single ball. That's something we are looking forward to as a whole batting unit, from top to bottom, to bat well together. But there is still a lot of room for improvement. "Definitely the lower order I would say". I do understand that at the top, batting can get hard when guys are bowling a good spell.

The captain reiterated that importance of lower-order scoring runs. "As long as our heart is clear and our intent is right, we just want to keep moving forward". That was the difference in the series. Each individual has to sit down and think what they did - whether we lost or won.

"When it comes to getting engaged in argument on the field or fight, I have been completely okay playing without the altercation". On a personal level, I don't find the need to go and find these things anymore. I mean, I have enough belief in my abilities. You don't find the need for all that. "The grace period is over now", Shastri said.

Kohli added that Shastri played a big role in helping players during hard phases of their careers and revealed he has made more changes upon the former captain's advice than anyone else in Indian cricket. "About saying yes all the time, that is the most freaky thing I've heard". I don't think anyone has said no to me as much as him, honestly. And he'll tell you if there is something that doesn't need to be done, then it doesn't need to be done.

"I have made more changes to my game listening to him than anyone in the past".

"His contribution ever since we started building this team is making people believe that they belong there".

"For me to be able to come out of the shell, and a lot of other players, Shikhar in the 2015 World Cup, he can vouch for that".

"Man management is the most important thing at the level we play at". "It's about man-management which Ravi bhai has done brilliantly in the time he's been with us".

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