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“If your top six or seven don’t do the job, that extra batter is no guarantee of bailing you out”

With two collapses – 78 all out in the first innings and eight wickets for 63 in the second – bookending India’s innings defeat at Headingley, there have been suggestions, not all post-facto either – that India should play six specialist batters and that their bowling unit is good enough to take the 20 wickets without a fifth bowler. But Virat Kohli has practically ruled that combination out, saying he doesn’t believe in that plan, and never has.

“I don’t believe in that balance,” Kohli said at the post-match press conference on Saturday. “I have never believed in that balance. Because either you can try to save a defeat or try to win the game. We have drawn games in the past with similar number of batters in the team. So, if your top six or seven don’t do the job, that extra batter is no guarantee of bailing you out every time.

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