No one's scared in our team, insists Kohli

Published: 08 December, 2013 01:48 IST | Agencies |

India vice-captain Virat Kohli negated Dale Steyn's comments which indicated India were scared of the South African attack after their 141-run defeat in the opening one-day international at Johannesburg.

“I don’t think anyone in this Indian team is frightened of anything. On a personal level, I don’t think so. Off the fourth ball I was down the wicket. It is not about getting frightened.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

He is a quality bowler and we all know that. We should be good enough to tackle that and come up with the goods when we face them,” remarked Kohli on the eve of the second game here.

“Regardless of the loss the other day, you didn’t see anyone closing their eyes or swinging their bats around,” said Kohli, who has become India’s most valuable one-day batsman.

However, he waxed eloquent on Steyn. “He was quite brilliant the other day, he is a world class bowler and we all know that. To bowl three maiden overs when we are chasing 359 is a skill that is very rare.

To see him swing the ball from middle stumps and get it past the off-stump, actually the fifth off-stump, it was tough to face but it was something very rare because not many can swing the ball like he does,” Kohli said.

He added: “We were trying hard to counter the bowling they came up with and they were bowling in great areas and no one was moving away from stumps, we were all trying to get into position to play correct shots but they pitched it in the right areas and were able to trouble us.” he explained. 

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