- March 29, 2023
Virat Kohli is known as one of the most consistent and best batters in the modern cricketing world, but sadly, he hasn’t been able to score runs in the past few tests. Virat Kohli’s poor form is now becoming a big concern for Team India, as they are just one test win away from the World Championship Final.
Virat Kohli’s poor form fades away in White Ball Format
Kohli broke his century drought in international cricket after 44 months with an emphatic hundred in the Asia Cup against Afghanistan in September 2022. Slowly, slowly he got his mojo back in 50-over cricket and got himself three tons within a month’s gap in December-January. But despite his good run in white-ball cricket, he hasn’t been able to perform in the game’s longest format in recent times.
Virat Kohli’s Poor Form was expected to end against the test series in the two-match test series against Bangladesh, and he even got good starts but failed to turn them into big innings, a problem recently faced by Indian Skipper Rohit Sharma. Fans had many expectations from Virat Kohli that he would return back to the farm in the longer format in the ongoing Border Gavaskar Trophy, but till now, has shattered their hopes. In the first three tests of the Border Gavaskar Trophy, Virat Kohli’s Poor Form continued as he has only been able to score 111 in six innings.
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Virat Kohli Poor Form is at its peak as Virat Kohli has gotten out by spin seven times in the previous 10 appearances. It is understandable that Bangladeshi and Indian pitches are spin-friendly, but Virat Kohli is struggling, and many former cricketers think it is a technical glitch. This proves that Virat struggles on spin-friendly pitches and that Todd Murphy, who made his debut in Nagpur, had troubled Kohli so much that the Australian captain Steve Smith turned to the off-spinner when Kohli walked out to bat on Day 1 morning in Indore.
It was Murphy who got the wicket of Kohli in the first innings, taking his tally to 3 against the former World No. 1 batter. Matthew Kuhnemann, who is only 2 Tests old, has already gotten him out twice. This is why the Indian Side is pretty worried about the Former Indian Captian’s form. And Also Surprisingly, Adil Rashid also had gotten the Indian batter out nine times.
What Ex-Cricketers Have To Say
The Indian legend, Sunil Gavaskar had much to say: in the recent past that the rub of green had not been going Kohli’s way and the first mistake he made in the innings was his last. However, those mistakes, especially against spin, are coming far too often and the luck too isn’t going his way.
Former Australia batter Mark Waugh shed light on some of the technical deficiencies that Kohli seems to have in Test cricket, highlighting that the star batter has always been intent on playing with hard hands and it’s not going to work, more often than not.d
“He does tend to plant his front foot, which technically is not a great thing to do in India. We have seen him play back in the crease in a couple of innings, which is quite well-suited to slower pitches,” Waugh told Fox Sports.
Gavaskar suggested that Kohli has been trying to play with an inclined bat and that he has been intent on playing on the leg side even when he is playing with the spin, which is leading to his demise.
More importantly, the lapses in concentration, which are occurring far too often, seem to be his undoing in Test cricket.
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What Social Media Had To Say
What To Expect From Him
Virat Kohli’s Poor Form in red-ball cricket is still continuing, but he still is a wonderful batter, and he can come back very soon. The fourth test of the Border Gavaskar Trophy is starting on 9 March, and fans are expecting him to regain his form in the last test. It also would be necessary for Virat too, as he might not play World Test Championship Final due to his poor form, and I am sure Virat would regain his form for only the sake of that!