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‘Field restrictions not much of advantage in WC’

‘Field restrictions not much of advantage in WC’
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Kohli, who led the team to a 5-0 clean sweep in the just-concluded one-day series against Sri Lanka, was answering in context to the tall scores made by Indian top-order with Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu and the skipper himself helping themselves with a ton each.

‘I don’t think only field restrictions (four fielders outside 30-yard circle) should be attributed to the big scores by the batsmen. Yes, field restrictions are helpful but only in India or sub-continental conditions where the pitches are batsman friendly. I don’t think field restriction can be a factor in a place like Australia,’ Kohli said during a media interaction at a promotional event in the capital on Monday.

He went to elaborate his point of view. ‘I believe field restrictions of four fielders is a good thing considering that the fight between bat and ball is pretty even and in fact you can say bowlers enjoy a bit more advantage in these places. So it’s good that the restriction makes it an even contest,’ Kohli explained as to how he looked at the thing.

Having taken India to victory yesterday with a match-winning ton, Kohli said he never felt any ‘pressure.’ ‘Pressure is a state of mind. If you feel there is pressure, you will be under pressure but if you play with a free mind then you put all these things behind and focus on the job. I have never felt any pressure,’ said Kohli.

Kohli Rises to no. 2

India’s hard-hitting batsman Virat Kohli rose a place to be ranked second in the latest ICC ODI rankings for batsmen following India’s 5-0 series victory over Sri Lanka. Teammate Rohit Sharma has vaulted to 15th as the reigning World Cup champions continue their preparations for the 2015 World Cup.

Kohli completed a series-highest score of 139 not out in the fifth ODI in Ranchi on Sunday, having earlier scored 66, 53 and 49, while Rohit rose by 18 places after his world-record breaking innings of 264 in Kolkata, in what was the 27-year-old’s second ODI double-century.
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