Former opening batsman Wasim Jaffer, who was part of the Indian team that last won a Test series in England in 2007, has expressed an opinion on the current captain Virat Kohli‘s battle with the bat in the ongoing Test series against the hosts and mentions that his discipline has disappeared.
Kohli, who stormed on the tour in England in 2018 and scored 593 runs in 5 Tests, scored just 124 runs in three Tests on this tour with a single half-century to his name, which came in the humiliating defeat by ‘ an innings and 76 runs on Headingley in the third Test match. In fact, Kohli has scored 50 overs in international cricket without scoring a century now.
The batting discipline Virat Kohli shown in 2018 is missing in this series: Wasim Jaffer
Former Indian captain Wasim Jaffer said Kohli should “reconsider” his pattern of dismissal and work on his temper in a video on YouTube. Virat Kohli’s dismissal was the same in each innings as that he fished outside the stump and was caught by the goalkeeper or in the strips.
‘Virat has got half a century, but we expect a lot more, because he is a quality player, a class player. He probably needs to reconsider the pattern of his layoffs in this series, he defends deliveries on the 6th or 7th stump. The batting discipline he showed in 2018 is lacking in this series. He has to fire these remaining tests, because his contribution is very, very important for this Indian team, “ Jaffer said in the video.
Meanwhile, Kohli’s poor form also had an effect on his rankings in the latest update of the rankings of the ICC Test batsmen, while he dropped one place to 6 as teammate and opener Rohit Sharma, who had a proper form, after fifth place and in the top five Test batsmen.
The captain of England, Joe Root, moved up to the number 1 position after six years thanks to his incredible purple spot in 2021. In the ongoing series itself, Root achieved three centuries with the highest score of 180 and he has already scored the point of Exceeds 500 runs. India in the series with two more Tests.