England bowler Jake Ball wants to silence the Indian fans after Virat Kohli’s latest masterclass whipped the stands into a frenzy in the first one-day international.
Ball has played the majority of his career in the gentrified surroundings of county cricket and even a third Test cap in Chennai before Christmas did not prepare him for the sights and sounds of an Indian one-day crowd in full flow.
In Pune on Sunday, almost 40,000 spectators roared the hosts to victory as their biggest star, Kohli, showed the way with a stunning 122.
It was an experience Ball is unlikely to forget in a hurry and more of the same awaits as the series moves on to Cuttack tomorrow.
“It was something quite incredible when Kohli was going. We managed to quieten them down for a little bit but as soon as he got going the crowd was so loud that you couldn’t even hear yourself think,” said the Nottinghamshire seamer.
“Trying to block that out is a real challenge. Bowling at the likes of Kohli you learn a lot about yourself and your mentality. It’s something that I’m looking to build on and, hopefully, I can take the learning experience into the next game. It’s about trying to stay calm and just stick to what you’re good at.”
There is a a growing sense of invincibility about Kohli, the game’s most fearless chaser who lies fourth on the all-time list of one-day century-makers with 27. He has passed 50 in 10 of his last 14 innings and reached three figures on five occasions.
But England cannot afford to sit back and admire his genius and are plotting ways to disrupt that staggering run of form.
“There’s a few things we’ve been working on in the nets and, hopefully, we can put them into practice in a couple of days,” said Ball.
“It’s about trusting your plans, setting a field and bowling to that field; knowing at the end of your mark exactly what you’re going to bowl and not having any hesitation. If you have any hesitation out here and you’re slightly off you’re chasing the ball to the boundary.
“We need to stay calm and collected out there and stick to the plans.”
Lancashire have announced former captains Glen Chapple and Mark Chilton as their permanent head coach and assistant.
Chapple and Chilton were installed in the same roles on a temporary basis after Ashley Giles’s return to Warwickshire at the end of last month.
Chapple, 42, played the final match of his stalwart 23-year career at the end of 2015 and Chilton gave sterling service to the county between 1997 and 2011. Both all-rounder Chapple and opener Chilton moved from the middle on to Lancashire’s coaching staff in recent years.
Former England spinner Monty Panesar is to advise Australia ahead of their upcoming tour of India.
The 34-year-old, who is without a county for 2017 after his Northants deal expired, will work with the Baggy Green’s batsmen and spinners to help prepare them for conditions on the sub-continent, with Australia not having won a Test in India since 2004 – a run of 11 games.
Panesar took 167 wickets in 50 Tests for England, the last of which came in Melbourne during the 2013/14 Ashes whitewash. The left-arm spinner is playing grade cricket Down Under with Campbelltown and took 17 wickets at 26.82 when England won in India in 2012.