Virat Kohli’s attempt to negate swing has backfired by getting the ball early, feels the legendary Sunil Gavaskar, whose advice in English conditions has always been to play late. Kohli, who is now just four months short of completing three years without an international ton, scored 11 and 20 in the recently-concluded Test against England, which India lost by seven wickets. “The trick to playing in England is to play as long as possible. Then you’re letting the ball do its job and then you’re playing the ball. From what I saw in the highlights, it looked like Kohli was looking to reach Ball, was trying to play the ball early,” Gavaskar said on ‘Sports Today’.
He told that Kohli had success in England in 2018 because he was watching the ball playing too late. “So, he didn’t look like he was in 2018 when he was looking to play it around the off-stump too late.”
Gavaskar feels that the fall in form and lack of runs in recent years could be the reason for Kohli’s new approach. These are times when every ball is used to play and it is often fraught with danger.
“It could possibly be his issue because he hasn’t been in the middle of the run. When you’re not in form, you play almost every ball to score runs, hit every single one of them. Maybe it’s him.” Something that can do is see.”
However, Gavaskar feels that Kohli’s luck is also weak. “But the first mistake he is making is his last. He may not be running out of luck at the moment. I think you obviously do a little planning, imagine what the bowler will do next.” Gone are the days. So, you can stay out of the crease, but you can go with a pre-determined plan of batting, which means the bowler has to bowl on the same line that you are expecting,” he added. Told.
“If he doesn’t bowl those lines, you’re in trouble.”
Kohli played off Matthew Potts in the first innings, while in the second essay he was caught for the first time by a difficult delivery from Ben Stokes, who was suddenly kicked from length.
“Cricket is always about smooth action. And when you’re trying to understand the strength of the bowler, it’s a smooth game in the end,” Gavaskar said.
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