The cricketer, commentator Sanjay Manjrekar, feels it Virat Kohli‘s tour of England in 2014 comes back to the batsman in the ongoing Test series between England and India.
Kohli scored 124 runs from five overs on an average of 24.8, while English bowlers bothered him by bowling him out of the stump with his problems playing the ball away from the body, giving him all his dismissals in the series cost.
Virat Kohli is likely to be upset by the whole series: Sanjay Manjrekar
Kohli’s arch-rival James Anderson has taken him out twice in the last three games, with Ollie Robinson dismissing him several times and Sam Curran getting the Indian captain’s wicket at Lord’s.
Manjrekar believes the Indian captain must control his foot to move out, otherwise he will be upset in the same way as in 2014 where Anderson got his wicket four times.
“Virat is currently struggling outside with his issue, 2014 is coming back for Virat, and if he does not leave balls like in 2018, he will probably be upset the whole series,” Manjrekar wrote in his column for Hindustan Times.
‘Or he can not have such an obsession to get on the forefoot, no matter what, and make his life easier and the bowlers harder. “His forefoot just makes him graft more, and even average bowlers who bowl over a good length make the big batter runs,” he added.
Virat Kohli made the decision to bat first because he won the last Test convincingly: Sanjay Manjrekar
India won the toss at Headingley and decided to bat first, but they shot down against the pace attack of England led by Anderson, while being bowled out for a slim total of 78. Majrekar believes Kohli decided to bat, based on India’s highlighted victory at Lord’s in the second Test.
‘On day 1, Joe Root said something that caught my attention. After Virat Kohli decided to bat, Root was asked what he would have done if he had won the toss. Root said: “An interesting question because I was not sure, the field looks tough,” Manjrekar remarked.
‘Okay, there will definitely be some life in this field, and with cloudy conditions, India have made a bold decision to bat first. “I thought Virat made this decision because he won the last Test convincingly and almost won the first, so he rode a wave of confidence and wanted to start on a positive note,” he added.
The five-match Test series is tied at 1-1, and the fourth Test is played on September 2 at Kennington Oval.