Virat Kohli a poor Captain ?

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    To be frank he is the most criticized player amongst Indian fans on this forum. There are way too many people in India who dislike him and actually troll him for his failures. There are different varieties of Indian fans as it is a Country of a billion people. And it's not possible for a billion people to have same or similar opinions. Picking unfavorable stats is not the way to judge a player.
     
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    Chapter 8- Getting back to form and Captaincy
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    After an average series in England, Virat Kohli was short on confidence and was struggling to find form.

    In October 2014 when West Indies toured India it was expected that Kohli will find no troubles against them especially when he was playing at home. But the things turned out to be a bit different. The Carribean team was high on confidence and wanted to do well. Beating India in India is one of the most difficult things to do in the post 2010 era. And side will be proud to beat India in their own den.

    In the first ODI of the series at Kochi, West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first on a sluggish pitch. Dwayne Smith and skipper Dwayne Bravo came out all guns blazing against the Indian bowlers and put on a quick fire 34 for the first wicket carrying forward their form which they had gained during the Champions League T20 playing for the Chennai Super Kings. The West Indies batsman continued their onslaught as Marlon Samuels scored 126 runs due to which West Indies piled up a very good score of 321/6. India though were expected to chase this total quite comfortably. They got off to a good start and scored 49 for the first wicket. In walked Virat Kohli who was expected to win this game for his side. But Jerome Taylor once again troubled Kohli with that 4th stump line which Kohli once again edged to slips and was dismissed on just 2(5). India were bowled out for 197 losing the match by 124 runs.

    The second ODI of the series was going to be played at Delhi which was home ground of Virat Kohli. It was a golden opportunity for Kohli to find back his form because this was the pitch that he played all throughout his career before making it to the International side. Keeping his average form in mind Kohli was asked to bat at 4. After India were reduced to 50/2 in 11 overs in walked Kohli. He looked a little bit tentative in his footwork against the West Indies bowlers early in his innings. But he was able to find a couple of boundaries which brought back the flow in his batting. He again started to bat confidently and finally got to his half century and there was a big relief on his face. He got out trying to up the scoring rate in the end overs of the innings but unfortunately got out caught at long off on 62(78). India managed 263/7 and won the match comfortably by 48 runs.

    The next match was a wash out. In the 4th ODI the West Indies players has decided to cancel the tour because of a dispute with their board but decided to play the match anyway. India were put in to bat first after losing the toss. India got off to a quick start scoring 70 off 11 overs. Virat Kohli came out to bat at 3 and continued the momentum and he eventually managed to score his 20th century in ODIs. India managed to score 330/6 and managed to win the match by 59 runs.

    Later Sri Lanka toured India for a 5-match ODI series for which Dhoni was rested and Kohli was made the Captain.

    The first ODI was played at Cuttack. Sri Lanka won the toss ans put India in to bat first. After getting off to a slow put steady start, India managed to accelerate quickly and scored 231 for the first wicket in just 35 overs. Both Dhawan and Rahane managed to score their hundreds. Kohli decided to send Raina at 3 to push the score further ahead. He didn't disappoint and scored a quick fire 50 and India put on 363/5. Kohli rotated his fast bowlers brilliantly and Sri Lanka were eventually bowled out for 194 as India went on to win by a massive margin of 169 runs.

    In the next match at Ahmedabad, Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first. Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma were given new ball. Umesh Yadav dismissed Kusal Perera for a duck in the very first over. Slowly and steadily Sri Lanka were getting back their momentum. At the end of 9 overs Sri Lanka were 35/1. Ashwin was brought in as a first change bowler to which Dilshan went beserk and scored four boundaries in four deliveries. Kohli was quick to respond to it and gave Axar Patel the ball from the other end. Axar Patel dismissed Dilshan on the third delivery off the over ans Sri Lanka were reduced to 55/2 at the end of 11 overs. In came the most experienced duo of Sri Lanka. The Mahela-Sanga pair. Kohli set a field with long off, square leg and deep mid-wicket outside the 30-yard circle (the rules during that time allowed only 3 fielders outside the 30 yard Circle while 2 during both batting Powerplay phases). Within a couple of overs Jayarwedene attempted a flick which went straight into the hands of Ambati Rayudu at deep mid-wicket. Sri Lanka continued to play positively but lost wickets at regular interval. At one stage it looked Sri Lanka would get bowled out under 240. A fightback from Dhamika Prasad and a Captain's knock of 92 runs from Mathews took Sri Lanka to a fighting total of 274. India lost their first wicket early and in came Ambati Rayudu ahead of Kohli. Rayudu started off positively by consistently rotating the strike and hitting the odd boundaries and also did the job of seeing the new ball at the start of his innings. He put on 122 with Shikhar Dhawan and later put on 116 with skipper Kohli. In the process he scored his maiden ODI ton and was not out on 121 off 118 balls. India won the match comfortably by 6 wickets in hand and 33 balls to spare.

    The next 2 matches were quite one-sided. In one of them Sri Lanka were dismissed cheaply on 242 riding on Jayawardene's 100 but Dhawan's knock of 91 made things quite easy for India to make a mockery of the chase. And in another, a world record knock of 264 from Rohit Sharma ended the match in the first innings itself while the 2nd innings was just a formality.

    Kohli now had a chance to become the first Indian Captain and the first Captain in ODI history to whitewash Sri Lanka.

    Sri Lanka followed a similar pattern of scoring runs in the last match of the ODI series at Ranchi after they elected to bat first. A positive start and losing wickets in the middle overs and try to anchor the innings. But the end this time was a different one. Sri Lanka put in a spirited performance and scored 73 runs off the last 5 overs. Angelo Mathews also scored his maiden ODI ton scoring 139 not out which helped Sri Lanka to 286/8 in their 50 overs.

    India this time started off slowly scoring just 34 runs in their 10 overs losing both Rahane and Rohit early in the innings. Rayudu and Kohli joined hands together and put on 136. India were soon in a spot of bother as they were reduced to 231/7 in 44 overs and required more than 9 runs per over. Kohli had held his end and unleashed himself at the perfect time. And took on Ajantha Mendis for a 20 run over. If anything was short on entertainment Kohli also gave the crowd the glimpse of their own town's celebrity MS Dhoni by playing a helicopter shot off Sekkugge Prassanna. Kohli himself scored a 139*(126) as India won by 3 wickets. This was his 21st ODI Century and his 2nd as Captain. The best part of Kohli's Captaincy in this series was consistent backing of youngsters like Ambati Rayudu and Axar Patel. His batting exploits weren't less either for which he was awarded the man of the series award. 2nd bilateral clean sweep under his belt as Captain!

    Fun fact- In 2014 Sri Lanka tour of India, India lost the toss on all 5 occasions but won the match on each of those occasions. They also became the first team in ODI history to whitewash Sri Lanka.
     
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    I think Virat Kohli is decent. Not as good as some people make out though! Pretty overrated tbqfh.
     
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    I think even Shoaib Akhtar used to bat better than Kohli :lol

    Tbh this thread isn't about Kohli the player but Kohli the Captain. :thumbs So this sounds pretty irrelevant.
     
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    Yeh he’s pretty crap tbh.
     
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    Chapter9- Test Captaincy
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    India toured Australia in December 2014 for a 4-match Test Series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Later they were going to play a Tri-series in January 2015 followed by the World Cup in February. The 4 month long tour was scheduled to start on 4th December 2014 with the first Test being played at Brisbane but due to the death of Australian Cricketer Phillips Hughes caused from a brain-failure after being hit by a bouncer by Sean Abbott, the tour was postponed to 9th December and the series started at the Adelaide Oval.


    MS Dhoni failed to recover from injury on time so Virat Kohli was handed the Captaincy for the First Test.

    The first Test was meant to be an emotional occasion for the Aussies as this was the first Test which was played after the death of Phillip Hughes at a very young age of just 24 years. Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. Soon the young India bowlers were put under pressure as Australia scored runs at nearly 6 an over for the initial overs. Soon the things came under a little bit of control after the wicket of Chris Rogers. But Warner kept going for those occasional boundaries and soon reached his hundred. At 206/2, the Australian Captain Michael Clarke was having some issues with his back and with World Cup around the corner he decided to retire hurt. Soon after Warner got out as well. The Indian bowlers found some hope as they dismissed Marsh, Lyon and Haddin near the end of the day's play. At the end of day 1 Australia were 354/6.

    It was expected that India would soon bundle out Australia but things changed drastically when Michael Clarke surprised everyone by coming in to bat once again. Both Steve Smith and skipper Michael Clarke took on the Indian bowlers and took the score past 500. Rain fall after tea ended the Day 2 earlier than scheduled. Australia declared overnight on 517/7. The Indian bowlers had the aggression but they lacked penetration to get through the defense of the Australian batsman was the reason why they conceded such huge runs. Kohli's decision to play Karn Sharma ahead of Ashwin also proved to be costly as Sharma conceded nearly 5 an over, he conceded 143 runs in 33 overs but he managed to pick up 2 wickets.

    On Day 3, the Indian batsman came out all guns blazing and started off quite positively leaving behind the demons of 2014 England tour. They scored almost 4 an over throughout the Day. At 111/2 in came Kohli to the crease. After all that criticism that came after the England tour Kohli looked a completely different batsman. He carried the momentum of the run flow laid down by the openers and put on 81 for the 3rd wicket stand along with Cheteshwar Pujara who scored 73(135) and later 101 for the 4th wicket with Ajinkya Rahane who scored 64. Kohli also reached the three-figure mark in just 158 balls and went on to score 115 off 184 and took the score past the 350-run mark. He became the 8th player to score a hundred on Captaincy debut. This innings of Kohli was full of aggression, confidence, timing and precision. He took on the dangerous Mitchell Johnson and smashed him all around the park. India finished Day 3 on 367/5. They continued to bat on next day till they were bowled out on 444 giving Australia a lead of 72 runs which looked as if it could've been a lot more at the end of the Australian first innings.

    Australia started in a similar fashion as they did in their first innings and scored 290/5 before rain ended the play early on Day 4. Just like Day 2, Australia declared overnight. This declaration was unexpected considering the pitch had absolutely flattened out and was a lot more easier to score runs on. But Australia had enough strength in their bowling to put the opposition under pressure even on a score that wasn't that big. And that is where the challenge was up for India.

    Before the start of Day 5, it was decided that there would be 98 overs that would be played on Day 5. But Indian Captain Kohli had other ideas. Instead of playing out a draw he send his team to win. India once again started off very positively and scored runs very quickly. At 57/2 in came Kohli. He once again played in the same way that he played in the 1st innings. At one stage it looked like India would easily run away with the game but after the fall of Murali Vijay there began a sudden collapse. Kohli though kept playing confidently and ensured that the runs kept coming. He reached his 100 and became the 2nd player to score 100 in both innings of a Test on Captaincy debut. But he committed a mistake at this very moment. He was well set on 141 when he played a shot straight to deep mid-wicket where Mitchell Marsh took a brilliant catch to end a really promising innings from Kohli. But, Kohli couldn't have done anything apart from going for those big shots as he did not have anyone left after him to do the job after the wickets had fallen. India got bowled out on 315 to lose the match by 48 runs. Both India and Kohli were praised for the attitude with which they played on the last day against Australia on the Australian soil. It was one of the best matches that India had been a part of on Australian soil for a long time.

    The next match was played at The Gabba in Brisbane. Steve Smith was handed over the Captaincy of Australia in absence of injured Michael Clarke. India won the toss and elected to bat first. Josh Hazelwood made his debut for Australia in this Test while MS Dhoni made a comeback from inury in the Indian team and took over the Captaincy. India scored 408 all out in their first innings with Kohli just contributing 19 runs as he struggled to accustom with the bounce of The Gabba pitch. At one stage it looked as if Australia would give a lead of more than 100 runs to India but a gritty knock from Steve Smith of 133(191) as he became the 9th player to score a Test hundred on Captaincy debut and some aggressive batting from Johnson and the rest of the lower order saw Australia put up 505 on the board. India started off rather slowly in their 2nd innings losing Murali Vijay early and Shikhar Dhawan left field due to some injury. Kohli did not trouble the scores for the 2nd time in the match as he made just 1. India were bowled out on 224 courtesy of a brilliant spell from Mitchell Johnson who took 4 wickets. Josh Hazelwood also bowled brilliantly throughout the match as he had figures of 7/142. Australia looked a bit sloppy with their batting effort chasing 126 but eventually managed to win it by 4 wickets. Steve Smith received man of the match.

    India went to MCG for the Boxing Day Test. Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. They put on 530 this time as the stand-in Australian Captain Steve Smith scored 192(305). The frustration of Indian bowlers reached the peak when even Ryan Harris smashed 74 runs. India like right throughout the series started positively with the bat and scored 55 runs for the first wicket. But, were soon reduced to 147/3. Both Kohli and Rahane joined hands together a build on a solid partnership. There was a controversial moment that happened in between the innings as Johnson threw down the ball at Kohli who was into his shot charging down the wicket. The very next ball Kohli played a reckless shot but was put down by Chris Rogers. What transpired later was one of the greatest innings of Kohli outside the sub-continent and the Caribbean! He scored runs all throughout the ‘G’ and smashed boundaries to each part of the ground. He attacked all the bowlers and Johnson in particular scoring about 80 against Johnson only. Rahane played calmly and held the other end as he scored 147 and put on a massive partnership of 262 runs for the 4th wicket with Kohli. Kohli scored 167 and was dismissed at the end of Day 3. Indian lower order crumbled like a pack of cards as they lost 7 wickets for just 56 runs and were eventually bowled out on 465 giving Australia a lead of 65 runs. Warner attacked the Indian bowlers and took the lead past 100 runs. But soon after Indian bowlers were all over the Australian batting line-up as they lost half their side on 176 runs. Ashwin and Ishant Sharma kept things tight enough for Australian batsmen to not get any easy runs. Australia ended Day 4 on 261/7. Australia started off positively on Day 5 and made it past the 300-run mark. Shaun Marsh unfortunately got himself run-out on 99. Australia declard on 318/9. India were given a target of 383 in 76 overs. They started poorly with the bat as they were reduced to 14/3. It was once again Kohli and Rahane that scored crucial runs for India and also were able to see of some good number of overs. Kohli got to 50 just before Tea. India were on 104/3 at Tea. Right on the 2nd ball after Tea, Kohli was dismissed by Ryan Harris on 54 as he was caught at square leg. India somehow just managed to see off the remaining overs as they drew the 3rd Test giving a series victory to Australia. As a result of this match MS Dhoni decided to retire from Test with immediate effect as he felt it was right time for a new Captain to takeover the Captaincy of Indian Test Team. He stated that he would like to concentrate now more on the limited overs format as his body wasn't supporting him enough to continue in the longer formats. He suggested to make Kohli the Test Captain and said that he would continue to be India's Captain in the limited overs format.

    India started off the 4th and the final Test of the series with newly appointed Captain Virat Kohli taking over the reigns. India made 4 changes to their playing XI dropping Pujara due to poor form and brought in Suresh Raina while Mitchell Johnson was rested by Australia for this match. Despite the poor performance in his debut Test Kohli backed KL Rahul and allowed him to open the innings in this match. Australia hammerred the Indian bowlers and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in particular because of his lack of fitness and pace in his bowling. Australia ended Day 1 at 348/2. Steve Smith reached his 4th Century in the series but was soon dismissed by Mohammed Shami. All the batsman in Australia's first 6 scored in excess of 50 with Smith and Warner scoring their centuries and Rogers being dismissed on 95. Ryan Harris played a cameo scoring 25 off just 9 balls. Australia declared on 572/7. Mohammed Shami took 5 wickets while Umesh Yadav conceded at more than 5 runs per over and proved to be the most expensive of the entire Indian bowling lot. India started off very cautiously as they managed to get 71/1 at the end of Day 2. Rohit Sharma was dismissed earlier on Day 3. Skipper Virat Kohli came in when India were 97/2. India did not look in any hurry as they stutterred at just a touch above 2 runs per over. KL Rahul soon got to his maiden Test hundred just in his 2nd Test playing for India. Later Kohli also got to his 10th Test Century and became the first Captain in the world to score 3 Test Centuries in the first 3 innings as Captain. He managed to score 147. India were bowled out on 475. Australia batted out the remaining overs in the Day and ended Day 4 at 251/6 scoring at 6.28 runs per over. They declared overnight setting India a target of 341 in 90 overs. Kohli scored yet another fifty and soon was dismissed. In last 12 overs of Day 5 India had just 3 wickets in hand. They managed to survive courtesy of Rahane and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Steve Smith amassed 769 runs runs in 8 innings at a terrific average of 128.16 as he was awarded the Man of the series. Kohli managed to score 692 runs in 8 innings at a very good average of 86.50. Australia took the series 2-0. But this series showed that Kohli still had a lot more work to do with this team as Captain.
     
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    After the Test series in Australia got over it was time for the Tri-series between Australia, England and India. MS Dhoni made a comeback as Captain for India. After a brilliant performance in the Tri-series Kohli looked completely out of form. Australia beat England in the first match of the Tri-series at the SCG. The 2nd match was between India and Australia which was going to be played at the MCG. India won the toss and elected to bat first on a fresh pitch which had bounce and carry for the seamers but would soon deteriorate due to dryness. India were soon in a trouble as they were reduced to 33/2. Kohli batted as 4 in this match rather than his usual batting position in limited overs format which generally is no.3. After scoring 9 runs he top-edged a rising delivery from James Faulkner trying to play a pull shot and skied it to mid-off where stand-in Australian skipper George Bailey took an easy catch. Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina build an important partnership in the middle overs. Raina was dismissed on 51 while Rohit stuck right till the end as he scored his 6th ODI Century scoring 136 and took India to 267/8. At one stage India could've got to 300 but Mitchell Starc pulled things back as he got 6 wickets. Australia won a close match off the back off a 96 runs knock from Aaron Finch. It was a real struggle for India bowlers out there in the middle overs to keep things quite enough.

    India moved to Brisbane for their 2nd match of the series at the Gabba to play against England. Yet another failure for Kohli as he managed just 4. India were bowled out on 153 with Stuart Binny playing a lone hand scoring 44. England won comprehensively by 9 wickets. Steven Finn got Man of the match for his 5 wicket haul. India's next match against Australia at the SCG got washed out.

    Now India needed to beat England at Perth to get in to the Final of the Tri-series. Kohli moved back to no.3. India got off to a slow but a good start as they scored 83 for the first wicket. Kohli scored 8 runs before he tried to loft off-spinner Moeen Ali towards long-off and was caught in the deep by Joe Root. India got bowled out on 200 despite Rahane scoring 73(101). England lost half their side on 66 runs but inconsistent bowling from India brought them back in the match as England won by 3 wickets and made it to the Tri-series Final which they lost to Australia. Kohli's poor form became a worry for India regarding their WC performance.

    In the World Cup warm-ups Kohli managed to score 18 against Australia and 5 against Afghanistan. India lost to Australia by 106 runs while they managed to beat Afghanistan by 153 runs as Rohit Sharma scored a 150.

    India were playing Pakistan as their first WC match in 2015. After all the experiments with the batting line-up just before the WC India decided to send their usual opening pair of Rohit-Dhawan. They started off positively but lost Rohit at the score of 34 as he scored just 15. Kohli came in at 3, slowly and steadily he looked to build the innings with Shikhar Dhawan and they started hitting boundaries at will once they got their eyes in. Dhawan was run-out on 73 while Kohli scored his 2nd WC hundred, his second against Pakistan and his 22nd overall. India finished on 300/7 and won the match by 76 runs as Mohammad Shami took 4 wickets.


    India's next match was against South Africa. They had never beaten South Africa in the WC. Rohit Sharma was run-out on duck. Once again Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli joined hands together and followed the same formula that worked against Pakistan of set and then go big template. Kohli pulled a short ball straight to mid-wicket as he got out on 46. Dhawan scored 137 and Rahane played a cameo of 87 runs. India scored 307/7. Indian fast bowlers ran through the Proteas batting line-up as South Africa were bowled out for 176. India won by 130 runs and beat South Africa for the first time in their WC history.

    In the next couple of matches Kohli scored 33*(41) & 33(36) against UAE and West Indies respectively on the fast bouncy W.A.C.A wicket as India won by 9 wickets and 4 wickets chasing 104 & 183 respectively. Against Ireland at Seddon Park in Hamilton, New Zealand; India were to chase 260. They put on 174 for the first wicket. Rohit was dismissed on 64, Dhawan scored his 2nd WC hundred but soon got out. Kohli scored 44*(42) while Rahane scored 33*(28) as India won comprehensively by 8 wickets with 14 overs to spare. It seemed that India were peaking at the right time in the tournament with the form their batsman had brought in. Their bowlers were also in top-form picking all the wickets of all their opposition. But Zimbabwe had other ideas. Despite continuously losing wickets they kept their rate up. Bredan Taylor scored 137. But Zimbabwe were eventually bowled out for 287. India required 288 to win. After a slow start to their innings Indian batsman tried to up the ante. Perhaps a hint of over-confidence ? India were reduced to 71/3. Kohli got to another score of 30-odd and looked in decent touch but as bowled around his legs. India were in deep trouble at 92/4. Both Dhoni and Raina put on a huge partnership and ensured there were no further hiccups and won the match by 6 wickets. Raina scored 110* while Dhoni scored 85*.

    In the Quarter-Final against Bangladesh, India were batting first. It looked like another collapse that was about to come. India were soon 115/3. Virat Kohli also poked at a Rubel Hossain delivery that was way away from his body to wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim as he was caught behind. It was Raina and Rohit Sharma got to the rebuilding phase and got India back in the game. Rohit Sharma scored his first WC century scoring 137(126). India scored 302/6. Umesh Yadav got 4 wickets in the Bangladesh innings are Bangladesh were bowled out on 193 as India won by 109 runs. Rohit Sharma got the Man of the Match award. India had now won all their matches including the Quarter-Final winning 7 matches back-to-back. The Indian bowlers took all 70 wickets of the opposition and were firm favourites to win the 2015 WC.

    India faced the home team Australia in the Semi-Final at the SCG. Steve Smith scored 105(93) as Austalia scored 328/7. India got off to a good start as they scored 76 for the first wicket in just 12 overs before Dhawan got out. India lost Kohli soon after on 1(13) as he tried to pull a short-ball from Mitchell Johnson out of the park, the ball went up high in the air as Brad Haddin took an easy catch. It was a poor shot from a player like Kohli who is so good in run-chases for India. It seemed that pressure of expectations and winning the WC got over him due to which he tried to enforce things and he got out. India were bowled out on 233 and lost the match by 95 runs which ended their WC campaign. Australia went on to win the WC giving a farwell to their 2014 Ashes legends Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson.

    Kohli Captained RCB in 2015 IPL. His inconsistent form continued over there but still managed 505 runs in 16 matches at an astonishing average of 45.90 and strike rate of 130.82 finishing as the fifth leading run getter in the tournament. RCB made it to the top 4 and reached the Qualifier 2 but failed to make it to the Finals as they were beaten by 2-time Champions CSK.

    India toured Bangladesh for a One-off Test and 3 ODIs. In the One-off Test India batted first as they managed to score 462/6 dec. Bangladesh were bowled out for 252 and were asked to follow-on and were 23/0. It was a match where 12 out of 15 sessions were washed out due to rain !!!

    In the 3-match ODI series Kohli scored 49 runs in 3 innings at a poor average of 16.33 with a highest score of just a meagre 25 !!! Left arm medium pacer Mustafizur Rahman took 13 wickets in just 3 matches. India were miserable throughout the series with the bat as they lost the ODI series to Bangladesh the first time in their history. They managed to save pride in their last match where they scored 317/8 and beat Bangladesh by 77 runs. This run-drought of Virat Kohli was seriously hurting India now.
     
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