Skipper Virat Kohli is hogging all the limelight ever since India defeated England in the second Test at the Lord’s Cricket Ground to go 1-0 up in the five-match series. With this win, Kohli has once again established his position as one of the best captains in world cricket and he deserves all the praise that he is receiving.View this post on Instagram
While his leadership skills have made everyone a fan, one should not forget that Kohli is going through a lean patch for quite some time now. His failure with the bat in the first two Test matches has been a major cause of concern for the visitors, something they would love to sort out before heading into the third Test in Leeds.
Not just fans but even legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaksar are worried because Kohli has started making the same mistakes which he made during his first tour of England way back in 2014.
Kohli has played three innings so far on this tour and the mode of dismissal has been the same on each occasion -- an outside edge straight to the wicket-keeper or the slip cordon.
‘Master Blaster’ Sachin Tendulkar feels Kohli is struggling because his anxiety levels are high due to slow start to the tour and his mind is forcing him to overcompensate his movements inside the crease that we generally don’t expect of a player of his calibre.
“Virat hasn’t had a great start. It is the mind that leads to technical errors and if the start isn’t good you start thinking about a lot of things. Because anxiety levels are high you tend to over compensate your movements,” Tendulkar told PTI in an exclusive interview.
“When a batsman isn’t in good form you either go too far across or don’t move your feet at all. That happens to everyone. Form is also your state of mind along with the body working in harmony,” said Tendulkar, the leading run-scorer in world cricket.
More than England fast bowlers’s brilliant bowling, Kohli’s dismissals are of his own doing, says Gavaksar, because he is lacking confidence and is getting out reaching out for deliveries which are bowled way outside off stump.
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"That method has been successful for him. He has got 8000 Test runs with that back and across movement. But he is playing at deliveries way outside off stump and a little too early in the innings. This time around, the foot is somewhere else, the bat is somewhere else, which means that he hasn’t really played well. It could be about this much-talked-about word intent but in a five-day game, every batsman goes in to score runs. It’s the method that differs," Gavaskar said on the Sony Sports Network.
Kohli has been key to the team's success in the longest format for several years now and if he wants to beat England in a Test series in their own backyard, he can’t afford to make the same mistakes again and again and give his wicket to the opposition.