NEW DELHI: The 2014 tour of England is one that saw current India skipper Virat Kohli struggle against the swinging Dukes ball in English conditions. With scores of 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0,7, 6 and 20 in the five Tests of that tour, he averaged just 13.50 in his ten innings. However, Kohli doesn’t see the tour as a disappointment.”In the 2014 England tour, it was basically about not adjusting to the conditions and doing things that I wanted to do and being rigid about it. Being rigid about anything doesn’t get you anywhere. It was a long and painful realisation but I realised it,” said Kohli while speaking with Mayank Agarwal on the series ‘Open Nets with Mayank’ hosted by bcci.tv. “2014 tour is always going to be a milestone in my career. I really had to sit down and change things about how I approach the game before that tour, the way I played the game and start being more fearless. “I realised that in Test cricket when it gets tough, to maintain your composure is the most difficult thing for a cricketer and that was something which I really needed to correct. “If that tour hadn’t happened, I would have continued the same way I was and wouldn’t have improved. That tour made me think how I approach my international career and do I just want to be a pushover everytime I play Test cricket. That’s a decision I had to make,” he added. Kohli revealed that after that England tour where India were defeated 1-3 in the five-Test series, Ravi Shastri offered him a piece of advice which worked wonders for him. “Ravi bhai called me and Shikhar to his room after the Test series in 2014. His understanding was very sharp. He told me to stand outside the crease and explained the mindset behind it. He also asked me if I was afraid of the short ball. I said, ‘I wasn’t afraid of the short-pitched balls. I am not afraid to get hurt, I just don’t want to get out’,” he said. “I started practising that in Australia in the same year and the results were unbelievable.” The 31-year-old also had a chat with legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar after the England tour and had few sessions as well with him in Mumbai. “After the England tour, I looked at my footage. I spoke to Sachin Tendulkar in Mumbai and had a few sessions with him. I told him that I am working on my hip position and he made me realise the importance of a big stride, the forward press against fast bowlers as well.” On his next tour of England in 2018, Kohli emerged as the leading run-scorer with 593 runs, including two hundreds and three half-centuries. “I never really paid attention to the perception of the people about me after 2014. Obviously, it troubled me a little because all my credibility as a player went away in a month or so. But then I stopped focussing on what people had to say about me,” Kohli said. “I went into my zone and kept working on my game. The great thing about 2018 was I went as a captain and a player. I wanted to lead from the front and contribute to the team by scoring runs. “That’s why I was nervous before the first Test in 2018. I wanted to start well. It was not like that I performed bad in 2014 and now here’s my chance of redemption in 2018,” he added. Despite a brilliant batting performance from Kohli, India went on to lose that series 1-4. However, the Indian captain believes the tour boosted the confidence of the team, which later on helped them win their maiden Test series in Australia. “We weren’t too heartbroken about the England series in 2018 to be honest because we really competed well. It was a tight and a confidence boosting series for us.” Talking about his X-factor as a captain, Kohli said: “I would not compromise on wanting a result in any situation. A draw comes to me, only and only if the situation has gone too bad or in the last hour when you don’t have an option. I will not think of a draw from the first minute in the morning.” IANS Also watch: Minister Reviews Flood Readiness for Guwahati
MIAMI, Florida – Greetings to my fellow nationals and friends! What a year this has been marked with both challenges and accomplishments. As we give God thanks for the success, we pray for His continued blessings and the courage to pursue our personal development and that of our homeland.My staff and I, at the Consulate express our profound gratitude to each and every one, who has supported our relocation of office in Downtown Miami, the first move since officially opening the Mission in 1974. This move has given us the opportunity to have a more welcoming environment to our many nationals and friends who visit the Consulate daily. We are also grateful to the many companies who have collaborated with us to showcase Jamaica at its best, in our Lobby through the promotion of goods and services. We welcome you to your new home away from home.We are so proud of our performance on the world stage as Jamaica continues to dominate success in sports, education, culture and entertainment. As the old adage goes ‘we likkle but we tallawah”. We celebrate the recent crowning of Miss Toni-Ann Singh as Miss World 2019, the fourth time Jamaica has held this honour. Earlier this year, we hosted the Reggae Girlz in a week long ‘Send-off celebration’ as they headed to Paris for the World Cup series. Across the globe, we also marked the Centenary (100th ) birthday anniversary of our renowned cultural ambassador, the late Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley, OM, OJ, MBE, (Miss Lou, as she was affectionately called). We recently witnessed the inauguration of our first Jamaican-American Mayor of Broward County, Mr. Dale Holness, as he joined the now 15 elected officials of Jamaican heritage holding public office in South Florida and in Georgia.With the Government’s thrust on investment and economic development, we have taken the show on the road through a series of investment forums in South Florida; Atlanta, Georgia’ and Houston, Texas. Our monthly lecture series at the Consulate has also inspired ongoing conversations about our local communities and about Jamaica. I am excited about the positive trends in the Jamaican economy despite the challenges, and encourage you our nationals, to not only be “good news ambassadors” but to use this as an opportunity to further invest in our country. We thank the many sponsors and companies, who have collaborated with us in this effort, among them, our Legacy partners including Victoria Mutual Building Society, JN Bank, Grace Kennedy Company, JAMPRO and the Jamaica Tourist Board.My heartfelt gratitude to our entire constituency for the success of the recent Jamaica Hi-5K Walk/Run which was held simultaneously on October 5th in five regions across the Southern USA community – Atlanta, GA; Orlando, FLA; and the tri-county area of South Florida (Miami, Broward and Palm Beach). Proceeds from registration of more than 300 persons will benefit the Ministry of Health’s Adopt A Clinic programme, geared towards improving primary health care in Jamaica.Following recent Diaspora elections, we welcome the newly elected Advisory Board Representative for the Southern USA, Dr. Allan Cunningham, and express our appreciation to Attorney Wayne Golding, CD, who has served us with dignity and integrity for the past four years. We will remain united and engaged building better for personal and community development, here in the Diaspora and in Jamaica. Coming out of the recent National Biennial Diaspora Conference in Kingston, Jamaica, we look forward to new and exciting possibilities for our Diaspora communities. We are encouraged by the youth engagement of our second and third generations, as they have taken on a cohesive role in Diaspora activities. We have begun to welcome new candidates of Jamaican citizenship as we recently held the first Jamaican Citizenship Ceremony in Plantation. This is the first of a quarterly installation, the next to be held in February 2020.This year, as we celebrate giving thanks for the greatest gift of all and sharing with others, the Consulate remembers with gratitude the various philanthropic groups who continue to support Jamaica. The hand of support was extended to the Bahamas following the recent devastation dealt by Hurricane Dorian. As you know, there is nothing we can’t achieve, when we come together as Jamaicans. Looking ahead to 2020, we will let kindness be our guide. Let us remain committed to our partnership with individuals, corporations and community groups as we build on Diaspora development and nation building in our beloved homeland.On behalf of the staff of the Consulate General of Jamaica at Miami, and my family, Tanya and Serena, I wish you all a blessed Christmas season of peace, love and joy. As our heavenly Father declares (Book of Jeremiah 29:11), let us call upon Him in prayer as we continue our purpose to serve.Happy holidays!