Former Delhi Ranji Trophy cricketer, as well as Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma, has urged Kohli to return to his roots in Delhi and work on his game to get back in form as well. While many were expecting Virat Kohli to score his 71st international hundred in the Test series against Sri Lanka, he could only manage the highest score of 45 in the series.
While speaking on the YouTube podcast ‘Khelneeti’, Rajkumar Sharma said: “Virat will need to come back to his basics. I would definitely want him to come back to the academy. I was thinking about this from yesterday and I am going to talk to him. The kind of confidence that he gets batting in the academy, he needs it. He is batting really well but unfortunately, he is batting too cautiously. If starts to bat a bit more freely, like he has his entire career then soon he will be back to his best. On such wickets you need to take more chances like Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer did.”
Meanwhile, former Indian wicketkeeper and selector Saba Karim was also impressed with the way both Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer played against Sri Lanka in Bengaluru. Iyer scored the fifties in both innings, while Pant broke the former India captain Kapil Dev’s record to become the fastest Indian to score a Test half-century as well.
“Shreyas Iyer has shown a lot of flexibility in his approach. He realised that the only way to score runs on such a track was to have a positive approach.”It reminded me of Kevin Pietersen’s hundred in Mumbai. Such attacking shots give a lot of confidence to the players like Iyer and Pant and that’s why they get a lot of opportunities to score runs,” he concluded.