'Got to keep it simple': Sunil Gavaskar explains key area Virat Kohli needs to improve upon in England

Updated on Aug 30, 2021 01:29 PM IST

India batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has advice for Virat Kohli who is struggling to get runs in England.

Virat Kohli and Sunil Gavaskar collage.(Getty Images)
Virat Kohli and Sunil Gavaskar collage.(Getty Images)

India batting legend Sunil Gavaskar believes India captain Virat Kohli has struggled to get runs consistently because of poor shot selection. Kohli has scored just one fifty in five innings in England so far and has found himself struggling to score runs consistently in the series.

During a recent discussion on Sony Sports Network, Gavaskar gave a piece of advice to Kohli. He wants Kohli to keep his methods simple in England.

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"See how far from the body the bat is, that's what's getting him into trouble. He (Virat Kohli) is reaching out. So it's hard hands stuff that is getting into trouble. I don't think standing outside the crease is a worry. If you play closer to your body, you play and miss it. There is no harm in playing and missing it," he said.

"I think it's the shot selection. You have got to keep it simple. He has got 8000 runs, probably the last 6,500 runs he has got standing outside the crease. So I don't think he needs to make too many changes. I think it's just the shot selection," he added.

Gavaskar further said that Cheteshwar Pujara is also having similar troubles in the Test series.

"At the moment, we're talking about intent. There is 'intent' question against Pujara. Here it seems the intent is to get runs. It means there are deliveries you're playing when you should be leaving those. So it's basically again a question of shot selection.

"You don't have to play at those deliveries. If you leave those deliveries, it's not going to matter. You still had a day to go and you were 140 runs behind the England team. If you have a look, these are deliveries on the 4th stump, there are no complaints. But there are deliveries at the 5th, 6th stump. These are deliveries he should not be playing," Gavaskar signed off.

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