Former India cricketer turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra has described Virat Kohli’s four-ball knock in the first ODI against West Indies on Sunday in Ahmedabad as very surprising. He came to bat after the fall of Rohit Sharma and hit Alzarri Joseph for consecutive boundaries. However, he got out soon after to the same bowler, top-edging a hook to a long leg.
While he was asked to share his views on the Kohli’s bizarre knock, Chopra said during a discussion on ESPN Cricinfo: “Very very surprised. He came out as if he was in a hurry. First ball he tried something, second ball he tried something. These are extravagant shots that you don’t associate Kohli with. It perhaps tells you that he is not exactly in the right frame of mind.”
Chopra elaborated: “Even in South Africa, he looked a different batter. He scored runs but, personally, while watching him play, I wasn’t 100 percent convinced that this is the Virat Kohli at his very best. They were not the prettiest of scores, which can happen. But this four-ball innings, it seems, he is not mentally completely there when it comes to the comfort with his game.”
Virat Kohli scored 116 runs in three ODIs in South Africa and they came at 76.32. Apart from Kohli, Ishan Kishan also struggled on a sluggish surface as well. He came into the team as a few players have been tested positive. He scored 28 off 36 balls on Sunday and he added 84 runs with Rohit Sharma.
“These are early days for Ishan Kishan. He has a particular style of play, which is very good when the ball is coming on to the bat. When people are banging it short, he is excellent with the horizontal bat shots. But the moment you start bowling fuller, you bowl slower and the ball is not coming on to the bat, that is when he gets challenged,” Aakash Chopra concluded.