ICC Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli happy to see opposition intimidated by Indian bowling

first_imgIndia are a force to reckon with in international cricket and are firm favourites to defend the ICC Champions Trophy. They have been incredibly successful in all forms of cricket over the last year, thanks in no small measure to the bowlers, who have carved some sensational victories in trying circumstances.While India have never been short of world-class batsmen, they are now faced with an embarrassment of riches in the bowling department. When the likes of R Ashwin and Mohammed Shami have to be left out to settle for that perfect combination, it speaks volumes about the bench strength.  (Also Read: After decimating Pakistan, red-hot India look to steamroll Sri Lanka)Kohli, ever since he took over as Test captain from MS Dhoni, has stressed on the need for the bowlers to step up and win matches for India. The likes of Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shami have blossomed under his leadership. Younger pacers like Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya have done enough to seal spots ahead of their senior colleagues. Ravindra Jadeja has emerged from Ashwin’s shadows and today is considered as one of the wiliest spinners in the world.The run machine is gearing up for the nets – @imVkohli #TeamIndia #CT17 #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/ANefd0PIwz- BCCI (@BCCI) June 7, 2017Kohli knows his batsmen as well as bowlers have the potential to deliver match-winning performances and cherishes the fact that both departments compliment each other well.”It’s a great feeling to have four to five bowlers who can change the game on their own. That gives batsmen a lot of confidence. If you can bat well, the match goes your way. That makes a bigger difference in Test cricket when you have bowled out an opposition quickly and give your batsmen a lot of time in the middle. The bowlers are then well-rested and can come back to finish games quickly. In limited-overs cricket, batsmen can still win you matches on their own.advertisement”We are in a great position and from what I have seen of them, the bowlers’ career graphs will go up. It feels nice to see the other batsmen feel intimidated by our bowlers,” Kohli said at the press conference ahead of India’s second group game against Sri Lanka.On a flat pitch at Edgbaston, India piled up 319/3 off their 48 overs against arch-rivals Pakistan before the bowlers, led by a fiery Umesh Yadav (3/30) cleaned up the Pakistani line-up to hand a massive 124-run victory to the defending champs.Kohli, meanwhile hinted that there would be no change in the bowling line-up and Shami would continue to sit out unless one of his main strike bowlers had to be dropped because of injury. The skipper felt the others had more match practice than Shami, who played his last ODI in the 2015 World Cup.last_img

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