Dhaka, Feb 23: India's star batsman Virat Kohli on Tuesday (February 23) admitted he does not have the ability to hit big sixes in Twenty20s and hence his focus was to score as many boundaries as possible.
Ahead of the Asia Cup T20 tournament, Kohli revealed how he changed his batting style for the shortest format of the game.
With India set to face hosts Bangladesh in the Asia Cup opener tomorrow (February 24) in Mirpur, Kohli said he was focused more on the result rather than unveiling big hits.
"My plan in my early T20 playing days was to get myself in, like 10 off 10 (balls) and then take off. It all depends on what kind of mindset you are in," Kohli told reporters on Tuesday.
Kohli, who is India's leading run scorer in T20Is, has so far accumulated 1,215 runs with an average of over 50 (best in the world). He has hit 27 sixes and 124 fours in 33 matches till date.
"I used to think too much about T20 cricket before, saying maybe I don't have the kind of shots that other people have. Maybe I don't have the ability to hit big sixes.
"So I used to try a lot more, planning too much. Now I just go and play on instinct. I have come to terms with the fact that I can't hit too many sixes so I would focus on boundaries. I have just sort of moulded my game towards that," the 27-year-old added.
He continued, "I try to hit the ball in the gaps and get fours rather than sixes which is probably high risk shots. I will try to score more boundaries and get the result. If you are scoring at 160 (strike rate), it does not matter whether you hit four or a six or make it all in ones and twos. I have come to terms with that.
"I am pretty comfortable with the kind of mindset I go in with in this format. Maybe that is the difference. It all depends on your mindset. Some days you can't get away for 10 balls and some days you are 30 off 10. That is how the format goes."
Kohli has returned to Team India after enjoying a break from international cricket. He was rested from the 3-match T20I home series against Sri Lanka which India won 2-1.