India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli ready to take risks in T20Is by getting out of comfort zone

Kohli in the post-match press conference said that If you want to win a game of cricket you have to take risks.
India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli ready to take risks in T20Is by getting out of comfort zone Kohli said that as a team if we are willing to get out of our comfort zone a lot more then we will be unphased with what happens at the toss. (Photo: BCCI)
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India skipper Virat Kohli is a popular figure in Bengaluru as he is the skipper of the Indian Premier League Royal Challengers Bangalore. He knows very well that chasing on this ground is much easier due to the dew factor in the evening that makes life difficult for bowlers. 

With T20I World Cup taking place in Australia next year Kohli said the team wanted to get out of their comfort zone and that's why he chose to bat first in a bid to get a big score in the third and final T20I, which the Men in Blue lost to South Africa by nine wickets.

After a brisk start given by opener Shikhar Dhawan, the hosts' innings derailed as South African bowler kept chipping with wickets to shut down the host at 134/9 in their stipulated 20 overs. In reply, the Proteas, led by their skipper Quinton de Kock, reached the target with utmost ease, losing only one wicket in 16.5 overs and drew the series 1-1.

"Yes we wanted to go for a big score, exactly why we batted first. In the past we've felt we've been 20-30 runs short batting first in T20I cricket which has cost us the game. The idea was to come out of our comfort zone, and try to get that big score because we're batting till No. 9. But we quickly realised the pitch didn't allow us to do that," Kohli said while speaking at the post-match press conference.

"The start we got, I think we could have reassessed to 170 instead of thinking of 200. The pitch didn't allow us to get to that total. We kept losing wickets, not taking anything away from South Africa. They bowled the right areas, it was a combination of good bowling, not great decision making.

"But these kinds of games will keep happening, as long as we're wanting to come out of our comfort zones as a team and putting ourselves in situations which could be the case in big games in big tournaments, that's the idea behind it," he added.

The Indian batting mainstay also added that the team will keep taking risks in the shortest format of the game while preparing for next year's World T20.

"We will have to take risks in T20. If you want to win a game of cricket you have to take risks. Nothing is a given before you start playing. I think as a team if we are willing to get out of our comfort zone a lot more then we will be unphased with what happens at the toss.," he said.

"That's our basic idea. Try and take the toss out of the equation that's why we are looking to play the best combination possible and have people batting till so far down the order till 9, so that batting first or bowling first we are in a good position," he added.

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