Kohli just wants India to cross the line

Thursday, 09 Aug, 2018

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"There must be a clear plan on how to face the first 20-30 balls, and more often than not that plan does not involve aggression", said Kohli, who was extremely watchful against swing king James Anderson, England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker, at Edgbaston.

How the pitch looks on Thursday morning will surely go a long way to informing that decision - on Wednesday afternoon however its appearance mostly remained a mystery, covered first by a white sheet and then by the hover cover, as part of the groundsman's final preparations. "We need a little bit more composure there and that, as a batting unit, we have discussed". India will also be anxious about Ajinkya Rahane's mode of dismissals in the first Test, so if he can provide Kohli some support, things can very well change.

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"Ollie will come in and bat at four".

'But it's about backing it up now, looking for consistency in back-to-back games, and this is an opportunity to do that'. "But he's obviously an exciting talent and, with the guys around him, I think he fits nicely into that position in our team".

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'He has reached a 1000 first class runs in just 15 matches and is the first division's stand-out batsman this season with 684 runs at 85. Root said that dropped catches in Birmingham were a concern against a quality side like India. There's been a lot of talk about this - I look at this summer and twice I've managed to get past 50 and go on to make hundreds in succession. Can he deliver on the big stage?

"I I will tell him to enjoy the occasion, and not get too many runs", Kohli jokingly added.