Allan Donald says bowling Virat Kohli feels like Sachin Tendulkar
By SMCS - Dec 21, 2022 7:22 pm
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Bangladesh bowling coach Allan Donald has compared Virat Kohli’s wicket to that of batting legend Sachin Tendulkar’s and shared that he can make you suffer if you miss a chance to get him out as well. However, Kohli didn’t have a great start in the first Test as he got out for just one in the first innings as he was unbeaten on 19 in the second innings. Despite the poor start, Donald isn’t ready to take any chances with Kohli as well.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli faced another disappointment

Speaking ahead of the second Test, as quoted by Hindustan Times, he compared Kohli’s wicket to Tendulkar during his playing days and further stated that the value of getting him early is important too. Donald also said that the star batter would punish bowlers if he is given a chance to stay in the middle.

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“They are prized wickets… aren’t they? It’s like bowling to Tendulkar… you know when that man walks out to bat, the value of getting it right is absolutely paramount. So when the great Virat Kohli steps up and you miss a chance against him, you are going to suffer. Because they don’t give many chances after that. I thought we have been very good against him and against KL,” Allan Donald said on the eve of the Dhaka Test.

Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli

He continued, “I think you just feel the presence when these players walk to the crease. It’s like bowling to real lava. All of a sudden, the temperature in the building just goes up. For me, nothing changes tomorrow. I know that Virat is hungry and he wants to leave this Test series with a hundred up his belt.”

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However, Allan Donald also shared an update on captain Shakib Al Hasan, who didn’t bowl in the first Test after sustaining a slight niggle. The Bangladesh bowling coach, meanwhile, has said that Shakib is fit to bowl in the second Test.

“Shakib is ok. He will bowl. He was a little bruised and battered with the one-day game here. But he has gone through that. First of all, he is available for selection and he is available to bowl. So yes, he is good to go,” said Allan Donald.