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Kohli calm during dry spell

22 January 2013 14:19

Virat Kohli has claimed he remained positive through his form slump, having notched his first score above 50 in 10 innings on Saturday.

Kohli scored 77 not out in India's seven-wicket victory over England in Ranchi, going past 50 for the first time since his century against the English in the Nagpur Test.

Having averaged 17.78 in India's nine Twenty20s and one-day international (ODI) matches since that Test in Nagpur, Kohli conceded the form slump was 'a bit annoying' but argued his composure and belief in his own ability ensured he got through the tough period.

"It was a bit annoying for me as I was not getting out making too many mistakes," Kohli said on Tuesday.

"I got a few good balls in the last (ODI) series (against Pakistan) and made a few mistakes in this series.

"But, I was pretty calm at that point of time.

"You just got to be composed.

"You just know that it (improvement in form) is going to happen at some point or the other."

Kohli was dismissed for less than 10 on four occasions through his fallow period but denied that he needed to move down the order to ensure more consistent high scores.

"I think batting at number three has been working fine for me," Kohli said.

"This position (number three), I like the pressure situation and I like to finish things as well, it gives me sort of right platform to do the job for the team.

"It suits me well."

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