Virat Kohli ‘doesn’t believe’ in playing extra batsman despite India collapse

India captain Virat Kohli has ruled out the idea of playing six specialist batters in the future, categorically stating that he has "never believed in that balance".

India suffered two dramatic collapses in their innings defeat to England at Headingley, getting bowled out for just 78 in the first innings and then losing eight wickets for 63 in the second.

Even before those collapses, pundits have expressed concerns over the lack of depth in India's batting line-up – particularly in English conditions.

Ahead of the Headingley Test, former England captain Nasser Hussain claimed that both Rishabh Pant and Ravi Jadeja should be batting lower down the order in England.

He wrote in his column for the Daily Mail : "Rishabh Pant can be a destructive batsman but he doesn't always come off and looks a place too high to me at six in English conditions against the Dukes ball.

"The same goes for Ravindra Jadeja at seven. And, whatever they did at Lord's, India do still have a long tail."

However, it seems unlikely that India will bring in an extra batter for the next Test at the Oval, with Kohli saying at his post-match press conference: "I don't believe in that balance.

"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.

"You have to accept that as a team you take responsibility and pride in doing the job for the team.

"If you don't have the ability or the resources of taking 20 wickets going into as Test, then you are only playing for two results. And that's not how we play."

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