Lower-order contribution crucial for team's victory over Australia, says Virat Kohli

File photo of Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Nov 15, 2018, 06.05 PM (IST)

After an easy win over the West Indies on home turf, the Virat Kohli led side is all prepared for the Australia series that is scheduled to kick off from November 21 with the T20Is. 

On being asked about the expectations he has from the team, Indian skipper Kohli advised the team's lower-order to take a cue from their England Test defeat in a bid to rage a victory over the Aussies, especially in the Test series. 

"The lower order contributions are crucial. As we saw in England, their lower order contributions were better than ours and that was the difference in the series. So that's where we want the guys to be fearless."

"If they get going they can change the game or course of the whole series," Kohli added.

With the top-orders and the middle-order failing to judge the moving dukes on English conditions, the team had hopes completely rested on Kohli's shoulders to rescue India each time. The skipper was the only batsman during the entire tour to punish the English side with his bat. 

The Men in Blue will be playing three T20I, four Tests and three ODIs.The forthcoming Test series is considered to be India's best chance to win on the Australian soil as the team will be without the services of their beleaguered leaders Steve Smith and David Warner. 

For India, Kohli is in top form as the skipper smashed three consecutive centuries against the Windies.

Talking about what kind of character the team has developed after the England tour, Kohli stressed that they have made decent progress but there is still a lot of room for improvement.

"We definitely have made decent progress but there is still a lot of room for improvement. The Thing is we understand within the group what we need to work on so it is up to the individuals to take ownership of that, take responsibility for the things that are explained or laid out. So there were a lot of things that we sat down and figured it out after the England tour." 

Kohli also stressed that there was not much that went wrong during England tour. 

"To be honest, we all felt that there was not much that went wrong but whatever was not right was very extreme also. So we played good cricket but the mistakes were also very extreme. That's why we lost that many numbers of games rather than winning those moments and winning the game. "

The skipper further asked the team to strike a decent balance when the situation is against them and try to find a way out of it, rather than wanting to get out of it immediately. 

When asked what advice he wants to give to his team, Kohli said he would want every individual to take more responsibility, assess it and then find a solution rather than thinking that the solution will appear from somewhere.

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