Former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar has pointed out a mistake in Virat Kohli’s technique during the ongoing Test tour of England, which has prevented the Indian skipper from scoring runs as he did on the last tour.
Virat Kohli had a horrible tour of England in 2014 when he managed to score only 134 runs in five Test matches. However, he buried the old ghost of England in 2018 when he passed the test with flying colours and notched up 593 runs in the five-match Test series.
The same was expected from Kohli but he hasn’t got going so far in England. It has been over 20 months and 49 innings since he scored his last international hundred. This is the worst phase that Kohli has had in his career so far.
Pointing out the chinks in Kohli’s batting, Tendulkar said he isn’t moving his feet properly.
“Virat hasn’t had a great start. It is the mind that leads to technical errors and if the start isn’t good you start thinking about a lot of things. Because anxiety levels are high you tend to overcompensate your movements,” Tendulkar told PTI.
“When a batsman isn’t in good form you either go too far across or don’t move your feet at all. That happens to everyone. Form is also your state of mind along with the body working in harmony.”
Team India registered a memorable victory at Lord’s in the second Test of the series. England were bossing the game when day five started but Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah led the Indian comeback with an unbeaten 89-run stand for the ninth wicket to get 298/8 on the board, leaving England to get 272 runs in 60 overs.
Indian fast-bowling quartet was breathing fire and didn’t allow the England batsmen to settle on the pitch. Mohammed Siraj bagged four wickets in the second innings and Bumrah managed three wickets to bundle England out for 120 and win the game by 151 runs.
India have a 1-0 lead in the five-match Test series going into the third Test in Leeds, scheduled to start on August 25.