‘I had to tweak it’: Virat Kohli reveals big reason behind his consistency in all formats

After initially struggling to stamp his authority in Test cricket, Kohli made some changes in his game and is now a premier batsmen with several hundred to his name.
Indian captain Virat Kohli bats during a training session.(PTI)
Indian captain Virat Kohli bats during a training session.(PTI)
Updated on May 19, 2020 04:11 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Delhi | By hindustantimes.com

Virat Kohli has made himself successful in all formats of the game with continuous hard work. He is consistent in the longest format of the game while being lethal in limited-overs cricket. After initially struggling to stamp his authority in Test cricket, Kohli made some changes in his game and is now a premier batsmen with several hundred to his name.

But what prompted that change in his consistency? Virat has explained what has made him so versatile in cricket. It was a tweak to his stance that brought him a deluge of runs in recent years.

Kohli made his India debut in 2008 as a flashy batsman but has since combined compact technique with elegant shotmaking.

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In a Facebook live chat with Bangladesh one-day captain Tamim Iqbal, he said ditching his earlier stance opened up scoring options for him.

“I changed because I wanted to score all over the ground. The static position was limiting my shotmaking options,” said the 31-year-old, who goes back-and-across in his current stance.

“It works for many, Sachin Tendulkar for instance. He had no issues because of his superior technique and hand-eye coordination.

“I had to tweak it to suit my game. When someone first told me it could open up my options, I thought of giving it a try.

“Luckily, it clicked and I immediately started executing shots which I never thought I could.”

Kohli averages 50-plus in all three formats and has smashed 70 international centuries while boasting an exquisite cover drive.

Among his contemporaries, Australian Steve Smith has an unorthodox but effective stance, standing open to the bowler and shuffling across the off-stump line, and Kohli said batsmen had to find out what worked for them.

“I always feel you should be open to changes ... You can’t stagnate, you have to keep learning,” he said.

“If you keep playing in the same manner, opposition will figure out your game. You have to be ahead of the game.

“So try it and drop it if it doesn’t work, but any batsman should be open to positive changes,” added Kohli.

(with Reuters input)

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