File picture of Sunil Gavaskar and Virat Kohli© AFP
Virat Kohli’s poor run of kind with the bat has continued in South Africa, with the Indian Take a look at skipper managing scores of 35 and 18 within the two innings of the Boxing Day Take a look at in Centurion. Whereas India sealed a comprehensive 113-run win over the Proteas on the ultimate day of the opening Take a look at on Thursday, Kohli’s incapability to recuperate his magic contact with the bat remained one of many speaking factors. Within the post-match present on Star Sports activities, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar was requested to weigh in on Kohli’s struggles with the bat.
Gavaskar stated the Indian Take a look at captain ought to give a name to Sachin Tendulkar. Batting nice Gavaskar recalled India’s 2003-04 tour of Australia when Tendulkar hit an unbeaten double century within the first innings of the fourth and closing Take a look at in Sydney.
Tendulkar additionally hit an unbeaten fifty within the second innings of that match to finish his personal poor run of kind. The match would finish in a draw and the sequence completed degree at 1-1.
Gavaskar stated that Tendulkar, like Kohli, had the tendency to chase deliveries outdoors of off stump that he managed to curb in Sydney.
“Going again to Kohli, it could be unbelievable if he calls Sachin Tendulkar as much as want him a contented new 12 months. And through that discuss, if he can possibly simply examine with him how he curbed his offside photographs within the 12 months 2003-04 towards Australia,” Gavaskar stated.
“He was getting out caught within the covers or caught behind, after which in that fourth Take a look at match, he determined he isn’t going to play within the covers. He was solely enjoying possibly mid-off or straighter and on the on facet; and what did he find yourself with? 241 not out within the first innings and 60-something not out (60*) within the second innings,” he added.
“Simply possibly wishing him joyful new 12 months and possibly simply selecting him brains, asking him how he did it, may assist him as effectively.”
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