Jermaine Blackwood reveals ‘small conversation’ with Virat Kohli: Face more balls, score more runs

West Indies middle-order batsman Jermaine Blackwood said the advice from India captain Virat Kohli may have contributed to his solid run of form in 2020.

Conversation with Virat Kohli helped my game: Jermaine Blackwood. (Reuters Photo)

Conversation with Virat Kohli helped my game: Jermaine Blackwood. (Reuters Photo)


  • Blackwood revealed when India last toured the Caribbean in 2019 Kohli gave him some pointers
  • Blackwood now has 13 half centuries and two centuries in Test cricket
  • Jermaine Blackwood said that the advice from Virat Kohli helped him a lot

West Indies vice-captain Jermaine Blackwood revealed how a small conversation with India captain Virat Kohli has helped him improve his batting mindset in international cricket.

Blackwood managed to score 211 runs with two half-centuries at an average of 35.16 in a three-match Test series against England, which West Indies lost 2-1 last July. Blackwood also finished as the top West Indies batsman again in a two-match Test series against New Zealand in December 2020.

Blackwood added that in 2019 when India visited West Indies, he had the chance to speak to Kohli when he was the substitute for his side. Blackwood revealed Kohli told him that the crucial factor was to spend time in the middle and face a lot of deliveries.

“I don’t really have a lot of conversations with international players. I talked to Virat Kohli a few times as well, on social media. The last time India toured the Caribbean, I had a chance to talk to him in Jamaica when I was there subbing. So after the game, I just had a small conversation. I asked him about how all the time that I have a lot of half-centuries and one century. He just said, what will you do when you score a century, how many deliveries did you face? I said I faced 212 balls. He said, that’s it, once you can bat some balls, you’re gonna score runs,” Blackwood said.

“So, I took a big thing from that. After that conversation, I tell myself that once I can bat over 200 or 300 balls, the way I bat, I can score runs regardless of who I am playing against or where I am playing.

“I and Russell did a lot of talking. We are very close. I need to improve in kicking on and getting more hundreds. We mostly talk about my shot selections. When I started playing for West Indies, I was young and excited. My style of batting was to play a lot of shots and put the bowlers under pressure.

“What I learned was that you can’t make a hundred in an over or two. You have to spend hours at the crease. I did a lot of talking with Russell, and he gave me a lot of pointers on what I needed to do. Not because of just T20s. He only played one Test match, but he is a guy who knows his cricket.”

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