Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has given advice to the Indian captain Virat Kohli after seeing his never-ending rough patch. He urged Kohli to stop thinking as a captain when he goes out to bat in the middle. And, according to him, Kohli has been taking too much pressure on himself and he should start batting like ‘Virat Kohli’ instead of taking pressure as well.
However, Kohli has been having a tough time with the bat. He has last scored a hundred nearly two years ago. And, Virat Kohli has managed a top score of 42 in between this as well. While speaking on his YouTube channel, Inzamam-ul-Haq shared that he isn’t looking like his normal self during this tour.
He opined: “Everyone knows that Virat Kohli is the No. 1 player in the world. His touch as a class player is missing so far. If he wants to come out of this rut, Kohli needs to play his strokes and go back to his natural game. He is putting too much pressure on himself.”
Inzamam-ul-Haq further added: “My suggestion to Kohli will be – stop thinking like captain when you go out to bat. He needs to remember that he is Virat Kohli. He needs to bat just the way Virat Kohi does. Kohli must keep all the other stuff related to captaincy aside when he bats. If he goes in thinking as captain every time, his natural fluency and power gets affected, which can be seen. Yes, it’s a big series but Kohli must remember that he has performed on the big stage before. But he seems to have gone into his shell and needs to come out of it.”
On the other hand, England skipper Joe Root has been in sublime form. He has scored yet another century. While praising him, Inzamam added that Team India also have players who can play like this. However, after Day 2, England have posted a huge total of 423 for 8, having a lead by 345 runs as well.
“England has one Joe Root, India have many players who can play big knocks. But Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara are consuming too many balls and then get out to good balls. They need to start attacking a bit. If Rohit Sharma starts to play freely, he too can be more effective and put pressure back on England,” Inzamam-ul-Haq concluded.