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  • June 4, 2019
    Since taking over the reins as Test captain, Virat Kohli has consistently favoured a five-bowler strategy, signalling a result-orientated mindset and a willingness to place greater responsibility on the top five batsmen. On the first two days of the ongoing Antigua Test, Kohli showed what it meant to shoulder that responsibility by shoring up a line-up that had wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha listed at No. 6 with his maiden first-class double-hundred.Playing five batsmen is a bit of an added pressure on the batsmen but that is what we want to take up as a challenge, Kohli told, after his 200 led India to 566 for 8 in the first innings against West Indies. The batsmen decided to take up the responsibility. As captain, I would never ask the players to do what I cannot do myself first.On a sluggish pitch, the onus on the batsmen was not only to score, but to score fast enough to give the bowlers time to take 20 wickets. Kohli was the only one to take up this dual responsibility. He stayed in and scored big, while also displaying a positive, busy approach that was missing in many of his colleagues. He finished with a strike rate of 70.I backed myself to be positive, backed myself to score quickly because I knew if we had to bowl the opposition out, we need enough time for the bowlers to be fresh again and also have breaks in between, Kohli said. I had decided in the change room that I am going to go out there, be positive and show intent, and the runs started flowing.Kohli also spoke of the differences between his mindset in the dressing room and in the middle, and said he was at peace most while batting. When you are in the change room, youre interacting with people, you get to know what people are saying and what people close to you expect from you. I think those are the things that give pressure.When I go out to bat, I am all by myself and my batting partner. People dont understand that I am actually at a lot of peace when I am batting alone out there because I dont have to interact with too many people and dont have to listen to their expectations or know what they require of me. I can literally reflect on myself, understand what my thoughts and mood are and then work on those things. That is why I always prefer being out there in the middle than getting to know these things from people.Kohlis 200 was also the first double-century by an India captain away from home, five years after he made his Test debut in the Caribbean.I made my debut here and it wasnt a memorable series for me. Coming back here and getting a double-hundred gives me a lot of satisfaction, purely because of the fact that I have missed a couple of big scores in the past. I know I have the ability to get big hundreds. This is my first double-hundred in first-class matches in general, so this is something I always wanted to do and I am feeling really grateful today that I was able to cross the mark. Cheap Lebron Shoes Wholesale .Y. -- Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Wednesday that J. Custom Lebron 16 Shoes .J. -- Pitcher Carl Pavano is retiring after 14 major league seasons. . Miikka Kiprusoff had just announced his retirement after a decade-long run in Calgary and it would be up to Berra and Ramo to fill the void. Lebron 15 Shoes For Sale . Halladay signed a one-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday that allowed the veteran right-hander to retire as a member of team with which he broke into the majors and spent the bulk of his distinguished 16-year career. Lebron 12 Shoes For Sale . -- Aaron Murray threw for 408 yards and three touchdowns, ran for another score, and led No.BARCELONA, Spain -- Lionel Messi has been cleared by Barcelonas team doctors to play in Argentinas World Cup qualifiers against Colombia and Ecuador. Messi pulled his right hamstring on April 2. After coming back, he re-aggravated the same injury a few weeks later, ssidelining him for the final three weeks of the season.dddddddddddd After hosting Colombia on Friday, Argentina travels to Ecuador for another qualifier on Tuesday. Argentina leads the South American qualifying group for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. ' ' '