'Kohli is repeating his mistake': Laxman points out Indian captain's flaw, says important to work on it before 4th Test
- Addressing the issue, former Indian batsman VVS Laxman has cautioned the skipper Virat Kohli of one problem.
The wait for Virat Kohli's 71st century continues. Having hit his 70th almost two years ago, the pressure is piling on India's run-machine. And Indian team needs it now more than ever; since the team heads into the fourth Test against England on the back of an innings and 76 runs defeat at Headingley. Addressing the issue, VVS Laxman has cautioned the Indian skipper of one problem.
Former India batsman Laxman opined that Kohli is repeating the same mistake of playing outside the off stump line. The right-hander has already been caught behind multiple times and seems to be struggling with leaving the ball outside off stump.
"I thought India would post a big score in the second innings at Headingley when the second new ball was taken, especially with the way Pujara and Virat Kohli were batting.
"However, Kohli is repeating his mistake of playing the line outside off stump away from his body and he will need to work on that. There is not much time left before the next Test and this is the challenge of international cricket," explained Laxman.
He, however, isn't the only expert to have pointed this flaw out. Even Sanjay Bangar, India's former batting coach, also believes that Kohli has failed to show patience.
“The bottom line as far as I am concerned is that Virat Kohli has not shown the patience that England bowlers have shown against him. That was the only difference.
“He has not got out defending a lot of times. He has gone towards the ball in all his dismissals. If you see his dismissals from 2014, he did not get out playing the drive as many times as he got out defending. I feel he is playing the sixth or seventh stump delivery, which is not required to be played. He needs to check his position when the ball gets released,” Bangar said while speaking in a YouTube video uploaded on Aakash Chopra's channel.
Kohli has only scored 124 runs in the first three Tests and with the series locked at 1-1, one big innings could help India bounce back at the Kennington Oval, where action begins on Thursday.