Under the captaincy of KL Rahul, the Indian team registered a clean sweep in a 2-match Test series against hosts Bangladesh as they emerged victorious in the second Test by a small margin of three wickets in Mirpur. Flamboyant India batter, Virat Kohli endured an underwhelming outing and his lackluster display with the bat forced his childhood coach to make an honest assessment.
Kohli managed to score just 20 runs in the first Test in Chattogram and followed that by 24 and one run off 22 balls in Mirpur. The batter seemed to have struggled against the spinners and his childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma has opined that the batter should have shown more “intent”.
During a recent chat with India News Sports, Rajkumar Sharma said, “A batter is quite disappointed after he gets out, and Virat Kohli is very aggressive by nature. But the way he has been getting out is not acceptable. It’s unfortunate to see a batter of his stature struggle against Bangladeshi spinners. He should have shown more intent.”
He further added, “With both the mid-on and mid-off fielders inside the circle, he could have played a bit more freely. Unless you unsettle a spinner, he is not going to let you play. You need to do something innovative like playing a slog sweep or sweeping an outside off-ball.”
Team India is still in the race to make it to the final of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) 2021-23 cycle. Following the series win against the Bangla Tigers, India rose up to the second spot in the WTC points table. Australia is leading the charts on the points table and has nearly cemented its place in the finals of the global ICC event. Notably, both Australia and India will lock horns in a four-match series in India in February-March 2023.