Sunil Gavaskar On Virat Kohli: “He has anxiety to play every ball desperately to score big runs”

Sunil Gavaskar On Virat Kohli: “He has anxiety to play every ball desperately to score big runs”

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22 Jul 2022
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Sunil Gavaskar believes that Virat Kohli in search of big runs has instilled in him the “anxiety of playing every ball”.

Without scoring a half-century, Kohli’s England trip came to an end. With scores of 16 and 17, Kohli was defeated by left-arm fast bowlers Reece Topley and David Willey in two ODIs. He scored 1 and 11 in two T20Is. Kohli was dismissed in Edgbaston in the opening Test with scores of 11 and 20. In all formats, Kohli’s century drought has now lasted 79 innings.

“Being an opener, after having trouble with that line, there are a few things you try and do.” Gavaskar told India Today. “It goes back to the fact that his first mistake becomes his last.

“Again, just because he’s not among the runs, it’s a concern to play on every delivery because that’s what the batsmen think, they have to score. You want to play balls you wouldn’t otherwise. But he Have got out with good deliveries on this particular tour.”


Gavaskar said that he is ready to help Kohli overcome his weakness.


“If I had about 20 minutes with him, I would have been able to tell him things he might have to do,” Gavaskar said. “It might help him, I’m not saying it would help him, but it might be especially with respect to that off-stump line.”

Having just got back from England tour, Kohli has been rested for West Indies tour. After that, India’s next task is a brief trip of Zimbabwe, then the Asia Cup T20, which may take place in the United Arab Emirates in August.

Even as several players have sparked the selection discussion with their regular performances, other previous players, particularly Kapil Dev, have questioned Kohli’s status in the squad. Indian think tanks have supported Kohli, and captain Rohit Sharma continues to back him despite his deteriorating form.

After the second ODI, Rohit said, “He [Kohli] has played so many matches. He has been playing for so many years. He is such a great batsman, so he doesn’t need any assurances.” “I had pointed this out in my last press conference as well: Form goes up and down, it is part and parcel of any cricketer’s career.

“So, a player like him, who has been playing for so many years, who has scored so many runs, who has won so many matches, he only needs one or two good innings [to bounce back]. That’s my thinking, and me I’m sure everyone who follows cricket will think the same way.”

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