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West Indies bats-
man Chris Gayle
smashed a brilliant 90
to set up his team s
win against South
Africa in the second
T20 match yesterday.
"To have the
crowd and 11 play-
ers who want to
irritate me and get
me out has been
challenging but it
has been enjoyable."
Virat Kohli, the new
Indian cricket captain.
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TAUPLITZ---A World Cup ski flying event was
canceled yesterday after fierce winds made jumping
from the 200-meter hill too dangerous.
Increasing winds of up to 80 kph (50 mph) started
an hour before the scheduled start, prompting
organisers to call off the event.
The International Ski Federation didn't
immediately announce a replacement.
Severin Freund of Germany won Saturday's
opening competition on the reconstructed Kulm hill.
The next World Cup ski jumping event is in Wisla,
Poland, on Thursday.
World Cup event cancelled due to strong winds
India s top half averaged 52.57 per
wicket to Australia s 51.45 in the
recent four-test series which Aus-
tralia won 2-0.
Four Indian batsmen scored at
least one century to Australia s three.
Murali Vijay left alone 234 balls,
which is better than the next two
put together: 230, between Steven
Smith and Chris Rogers. No Indian
batsmen other than Virat Kohli had
played a Test in Australia before the
The Australian batsmen have been
playing here all their lives. By all
accounts India batsmen matched
Australia in the batting department.
Yet it all came down to India s
batting collapses and a bad session
each in every Test. In Adelaide and
Brisbane the bad sessions were hor-
rible. In Melbourne and Sydney, India
managed to arrest those bad sessions.
They lost Adelaide and Brisbane, and
drew Melbourne and Sydney. To say
that those sessions was where the
Tests were lost or saved would a be
a tad harsh on the batsmen. It is a
fair criticism that India should have
batted Australia out in Brisbane and
Melbourne after the starts they got,
but sometimes the batting can do
with some support. Australia got
that support, India didn t.
India were hurt more by their
inept bowling on second day in Ade-
laide than the collapse on the final
day. Same with letting Mitchell John-
son score all those runs before the
batting came undone on the final
day in Brisbane. Had India lost Mel-
bourne it would be down in same
measure to the poor bowling against
Brad Haddin as the folding up that
was avoided on the final evening. In
Sydney, India should never have had
to bat out 90 overs; it was only
thanks to 251 conceded on the fourth
The Indian hierarchy tried to talk
up the bowlers before the start of
the series, defended them through
it, but the end of it they knew they
had been let down again. Kohli, who
has promised aggressiveness taking
over as captain from the much-
maligned MS Dhoni, has begun to
realise the problems Dhoni faced.
"The reason we have done well at
home is we have taken 20 wickets,"
Kohli said. "The spinners have
bowled really well. The fast bowlers
know how to bowl in home condi-
tions with reverse-swing. They have
a fair idea of the areas they have to
bowl in. But when we come out, they
get too excited with the bounce.
Actually we need to figure out which
are the best areas to bowl to each
batsman and work on those areas.
"You run up to bowl and you can
pitch six balls on the same spot. Only
then can you set the right fields as
the captain to set up a batsman and
get him out. The consistency bit is
something we really need to work
Lack of experience cannot be an
excuse. Kohli saw Josh Hazlewood
make his debut and know right away
how to take Test wicket. "Certainly
a lot to learn from the Australian
bowlers," Kohli said. "Especially
someone like Josh Hazlewood who
is playing his first few matches. He
put the ball in the right spots in all
three matches. That s something we
need to learn big time if we want to
win Test matches. Eventually you
have to take 20 wickets to win a Test
match. That s how simple and plain
If Hazlewood knows what to do,
why can t India s bowlers maintain
any sort of pressure? Is it a lack of
skills, fitness, or poor plans? Kohli s
answer was instructive. Possibly he
hasn t seen the same amount of
effort in the bowlers later spells. "It
might be a mixture of a lot of things,"
Kohli said. "The skill is there. If it
wasn t, they wouldn t be playing for
India. That s a given. You need com-
posure and character to go out there
and say, I m tired, but I need to take
two wickets for my team, so I need
to bowl at the same pace as my first
"That s where character counts.
When you re tired and you re down
and your team expects you to step
up. That s something we ve not been
able to do in the last couple of years.
At Lord s, Ishant did it for us. We
need guys stepping up with more
performances like that to win Test
matches. Those crucial moments
after tea, at the end of a day s play,
we need to strike and we haven t
been able to. It s to do with wanting
to bowl that second and third spell
for the team, and that s something
we need to consistently work on, tell
the guys to step up and bowl their
hearts out for the team eventually."
With what Kohli says, though, you
get the impression he is less likely
to change his captaincy style to suit
ordinary bowling---something Dhoni
did---than trying to force the attitude
of the bowlers towards Test bowling.
There are encouraging signs in what
"The main criteria now would be
to scout guys who we feel---along
with these fast bowlers---have the
potential to play in the future, and
groom them and nurture them and
monitor their fitness, their consis-
tency and their skills. That s how we
want to develop our Test team, and
that s something we really want to
do going ahead in the future."
Now begins the tussle. How long
before the India bowlers break anoth-
er captain down? Or will this cap-
tain s ambition be able to bring about
a paradigm shift? (ESPNcricinfo)
India's Virat Kohli follows through on a pull shot against Australia on the third
day of their cricket test match in Sydney, last Thursday. AP PHOTO
New captain, old headache
...as Kohli takes over from Dhoni
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