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Kohli happy to change his tune as Rohit enjoys purple patch

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Published on July 8, 2019 - Duration: 01:17s

Kohli happy to change his tune as Rohit enjoys purple patch

India captain Virat Kohli has reshaped his game as he allows team mates including red-hot Rohit Sharma shine at the World Cup.

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Kohli happy to change his tune as Rohit enjoys purple patch

SHOWS: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (JULY 8, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) INDIA CAPTAIN, VIRAT KOHLI, ON HAVING NOT SCORED A HUNDRED, SAYING: "It's been a different kind of role that I've had to play in this World Cup and as the captain of the team I've been open to playing any kind of role the team wants me to.

It's great that Rohit is scoring so consistently which means that coming in the later half of the innings you have to play a different role which is controlling the middle overs and letting guys like, Hardik (Pandya) Kedar (Jadhav) and MS (Dhoni) in the past few games and now Rishabh (Pant) come out and express themselves." 2.

KULDEEP YADAV BATTING IN NETS SESSION 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) INDIA CAPTAIN, VIRAT KOHLI, ON NEW ZEALAND, SAYING: "They're a team which has always been a very consistent team.

So, we know that against them we will have to be very, very disciplined.

At the same time, we will have to play very correct cricket to score runs against them because they bowl in good lines and lengths.

They know exactly what they are doing so, we have to be absolutely sure of what we are doing.

That is the kind challenge that team brings.

They put the ball in the right areas and then make you play good shots.

It's going to be a nice battle, we have played against them a lot.

They are a quality side with a very potent bowling attack." STORY: Rohit Sharma's red-hot form has prompted India captain Virat Kohli to reinvent himself as India's middle-overs orchestrator, a role he is ready to reprise in Tuesday's (July 9) World Cup semi-final against New Zealand, the 30-year-old said on Monday (July 8).

Opener Rohit became the first batsman to hit five centuries in a single World Cup and is the tournament's leading scorer with 647 runs heading into the knockout stages.

Kohli, the world's top-ranked ODI batsman, has strung together five consecutive fifties but is yet to register a hundred, something he attributed his new role as the team's middle-overs anchor.

"It's been a different kind of role I have played in this World Cup," Kohli told reporters at Old Trafford.

"It's great that Rohit has been scoring so consistently, which means that coming in the later half of the innings, you have to play a different role, which is controlling the middle overs and letting guys like Hardik (Pandya), Kedar (Jadhav), MS (Dhoni) and Rishabh (Pant) express themselves.

Tuesday's game will be a repeat of the semi-finals of the 2008 ICC Under-19 World Cup in which a Kohli-led India defeated a Kane Williamson-captained New Zealand in Kuala Lumpur.

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