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Risk v reward, and a rare Virat Kohli rut


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Positivity     45.00%   
   Negativity   55.00%
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What a shot, eh?ESPNcricinfo's categories for logging shots played by batsmen have changed over the years, but counting "cover drive", "off side drive on front foot" and "off drive" as descriptions of roughly similar shots (while leaving "off side drive on back foot" out of this far-from-scientific exercise), Kohli has scored more runs with it than any other shot in his Test career: 1911, off 1719 balls, with 282 fours and three sixes in the mix.He plays the shot brilliantly, and scores exceptionally quickly with it. Kohli hadn't batted or fielded in India's three-day warm-up match in Hamilton, choosing instead to work on his game in the nets.In the second innings in Wellington, Kohli once again played his shots from the get-go, picking up a second-ball boundary with an uppish cover drive, edging his eighth ball between slip and gully while trying to work it into the leg side from outside off stump, playing another uppish drive - which fell a few yards short of mid-off - off his 15th ball, and showing a greater willingness to take on the short ball than any of his top-order colleagues. At one point, he framed it as a question of team over individual glory."[If] six-seven people can think like that, for sure two-three people will come good."Knowing Kohli, he's probably fully prepared to be one of the three or four batsmen who get out for a low score if the tactic pays off from a team perspective.But a positive, look-to-score-off-every-opportunity approach is one thing, and the nature of Kohli's last few innings on this tour is another.

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