Virat Kohli can easily take aggressive approach while batting, but the Indian captain feels that the presence of a player who plays big shots like Hardik Pandya gives him an opportunity to play the role of assistant several times. It is rarely done when Kohli's last ball remains on the crease after the crease, but his ball and the run gap will not be much. In the World Cup match against Australia, he played 82 off 77 balls, including four fours and two sixes.
In the last over, Kohli was happy to run two more sixes in Mitchell Starc and two more runs were scored while Pandya was aggressively batting from the other end. Pandya scored 48 runs from 25 balls. When asked if Kohli was thinking about aggressive batting, he said, "When I completed the half-century, it came to my mind. I talked to Pandya and she said, I do not have to take the risk.
Pandya suggested to the Indian captain that he should play the role of assistant as he (Kohli)'s presence gives him more freedom of aggressive game. Kohli said, "Hardik said that if he (Kohli) is on one end then he will get the freedom to play his game. So I had to take responsibility for assuming one end, but I also wanted to retain the rhythm. "
He said that another reason for not playing big shots was that they did not get much chance in the last over. Kohli said, "In the last five, six overs, I think that I only faced six balls. It happened that when I got only one ball in three overs and I got one run on that too. As a batsman, you can not achieve the rhythm immediately. This is a common thing in one-dayers. "
There is no problem in the captain playing a supporting role in such situations when an aggressive batsman is batting from the other end. He said, "Unless people like Hardik and MS (Dhoni) play, I just have no problem in doing my work and going one over and going to the other end. Sometimes you will get a chance to play bigger shots.
Explaining his game plan, Kohli said, "If some players are batting on a good strike rate, then you ensure the control of the game in the role of assistant. If we lose five wickets at that time then maybe make 20 runs short. "He said," Hardik had told me that if I stay on one end then he can open the batsman from the other end. He wanted to bat at the strike rate of 200 and Dhoni followed this role in a very good way. "