Kohli backs in-form Jadeja to come good again

Last Updated: Thu, Sep 29, 2016 15:24 hrs
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Kolkata: India Test captain Virat Kohli put his weight behind Ravindra Jadeja on Thursday saying the all-rounder needs the support of the entire team to realise how good his batting is.

Jadeja, who has often been under the lens for his batting style in the longest format of the game, came up trumps in the first Test against New Zealand in Kanpur both with the bat and bowl, scoring 42 and 50 not out and also taking six wickets in the match.

"I think he used to think too much about Test cricket before. People have different ways of playing and we feel he should not change his batting style," Kohli said of the left-hander who was promoted in the last game and he excelled.

"Where there arises a situation when the team is playing for a draw he has to gain more confidence. But I feel he needs to feel more assured."

Jadeja took 5-73 in the first innings to puncture New Zealand's hopes of getting anything from the tie.

"He needs the support of the team management and fellow players. He needs to realise how good he is with the bat. The habit of regularly getting to 60 and 70 runs is important and then you will remember from your past experiences how to better yourself," added Kohli.

"He has been responding well. I am happy that he is contributing with the bat and ball. He has both skills in abundance and he is making the most of it. I hope he can continue in the same vein for the team."

Don't think there is anything called 'form', says Kohli

A rare run drought over the last three innings does not bother the Indian Test captain.

"I don't think about these things. Cricket is a game where you can only prepare well. Results cannot be in your hand all the time. You get caught to a no-ball and different things can happen which are out of your control," Kohli said at a media briefing ahead of India's second Test against New Zealand starting at the Eden Gardens on Friday.

"Preparation is something that is in my hand and I look to do that every time I walk in to practice," said Kohli, who has averaged 26 in the last three essays after his double century in the first Test in the West Indies.

The 27-year-old batsman said he doesn't believe in form.

"I don't think there is anything called 'form'. It is how you are feeling on a certain day. It always doesn't mean you are out of form. It's just about how you are feeling mentally on a given day. We want to understand what we want to achieve and be stable in our head. I am looking to work hard," Kohli said.

On whether the Decision Review System (DRS) should be implemented by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after Kiwi captain Kane Williamson nicked a caught-behind in the first innings of the series opener at Kanpur, which was not given, Kohli said, "Those are the things I can't say yes or no sitting here. These are things we had discussed and had a meeting."

"Some things can be debated like ball tracking and hawk eye. I personally feel these are things that can be debated on. We don't have DRS, so we cannot blame umpires. Once DRS is in place, then we can think about it."

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