Sanjay Manjrekar shares his views on Virat Kohli
By SMCS - Mar 14, 2023 5:55 pm
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Former Indian captain Virat Kohli ended his century drought with a stunning hundred in the final Test against Australia while opener Shubman Gill also slammed a scintillating century to help Team India win over Australia in the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy on Monday. Notably, they have reached the WTC Final as well. However, during a discussion on Star Sports, Sanjay Manjrekar shared his views on Kohli.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten fifty

“He showed glimpses of it when he made his debut in Australia. It seemed that he is a capable player and can play Test cricket as well. We knew his fundamentals were good when we saw him in Under-19. Rahul Dravid was the coach then and was very happy with his basic abilities,” Manjrekar said.

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He also opened up about Shubman Gill who slammed a stunning ton. He also hit 12 boundaries in his entertaining knock of 128 off 235 balls. he also gave legendary India opener Virender Sehwag a special mention while talking about the ‘power game’ of Shubman Gill in the Australia series as well.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill scored a brilliant century

“The things I liked – one thing I will talk about is the footwork. The front foot is now going further forward although the trigger movement is the back foot. This will help him a lot in Test cricket,” Sanjay Manjrekar observed.

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“The second thing we saw in Test cricket as well is the big game, the confidence with which he plays the lofted shots. When you see him, it seems he is a purist, a classical player to an extent, but the power game comes whenever he calls for it. In this match also he played a lofted shot in the nineties to go close to a hundred. He reached his (ODI) double hundred also with a six. This power game saves you in nervous moments as it did with Virender Sehwag. I didn’t know about this but now it has come to the fore that this is another of his rare strengths,” Sanjay Manjrekar concluded.