Michael Vaughan Feels Virat Kohli Has Lost His Off-stump Alignment
By Aditya Pratap - Aug 16, 2021 5:32 pm
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Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has come in support of short-of-run Virat Kohli who is getting out chasing the balls outside his off stump. Vaughan believes Kohli is too good a player and can hit back in form in the next match.

Ollie Robinson dismissed Kohli in the first innings of the Lord’s Test

Kohli was looking in good nick during the second innings of the Lord’s Test but went fishing outside his off stump and edged the ball to Joss Buttler. Earlier, he got out in a similar fashion despite batting on 42 in the first innings.

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However, Vaughan feels Kohli will bounce back really soon.

“Really good bowling, not good batting. Virat Kohli is a better player than that. When he had success in English conditions, he was knowing exactly where his off-stump is. His trigger movement goes over to the off-stump and he knows where it is,” Vaughan said on BBC’s Test Match Special podcast.

“So far in this series, I just wonder whether he lost his off-stump because he is going over quite a long way and his head is going with him because of that, I think he thinks his off-stump is around the fourth and fifth stump line. He needs to get back into alignment.

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“He played at a wide ball from the pavilion end and you would think, that’s exactly where England want you to be Virat. They are going to bowl the fifth stump, full of length. And they want him to throw his hands at the ball as he did today,” he added.

Virat Kohli returning to pavilion after getting out

Kohli was on 20 and had scored four boundaries before he got out in the second innings. Meanwhile, India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour opined there is nothing to worry about Kohli’s batting technique.

“Kohli, I don’t think there was any issue, it was just a lapse in concentration today, where his bat went to the ball, which he shouldn’t have played and nothing more, I don’t think anything old (is) coming back,” the batting coach said.

India were 181/6 at the stumps of day four at Lord’s with Rishabh Pant and Ishant Sharma batting in the middle.