Friday 4 April 2014 

Video - Kohli Explains Batting Mindset

Watch as Virat Kohli offers an insight into his mental approach to batting, following his match-winning 72 in 44 balls against South Africa in the ICC World Twenty20 semi-final in Mirpur.

He says that after making a patient start to his knock, his self-belief enabled him to push on and accelerate towards the end of the game.

"I think everybody does the same thing that any cricketer in the world does, I think cricket is played more between the ears that with your technique, so if you can mentally be strong, I kept telling myself to just stay out at the wicket because you're good enough," he said.

"Even when I was going at a run a ball, till about 20 runs I didn't score a boundary, so it's about staying patient and staying calm and not thinking about what the dugout might be saying...it's all about blocking those thoughts out."

He went on to hit the winning runs as India beat South Africa by six wickets with five balls to spare, reaching the final for the second time.

Kohli stresses the importance of being confident at the crease.

"It's important to back yourself, as I've said, which I think everybody learns with time.

"Once you start scoring runs, suddenly you start believing in yourself more an I think that's something I try to do.

"I try to just keep myself in that zone and there's no secret, I mean everyone wants to play and everyone wants to score in every game or take wickets, so there's no secret to it."

India take on Sri Lanka in the final on Sunday (6th April).

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