Indian skipper Virat Kohli has surely evolved as a player in last four years and has become a superstar in the world of cricket. Kohli had struggled against England in 2014 but his latest scores in the first test against England has proved that he has come a long way since then.
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar today praised Virat Kohli's batting in the first Test against England and attributed his success to an adjustment in bat-speed.
"It's brilliant! The adjustment that he's made in his bat speed. In 2014, he was feeling for deliveries outside the off-stump. Now he's waiting for the ball to come, not pushing at the ball as much. At the start, he does. But that happens with everyone," Gavaskar, an expert with official broadcasters Sony Pictures Network, told a select group of reporters.
Kohli struggled in the 2014 series and was particularly troubled by seamer James Anderson. He buried the ghosts of that tour by scoring an emphatic 149 and 51 in the first Test at Birmingham, which India lost just by 31 runs.
"The way he's made that adjustment, mental adjustment, that is brilliant, fantastic. And that is the reason why he was able to get big runs. It's just that little technical adjustment where he's not pushing and playing close to the body," explained Gavaskar, the first batsman to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket.
According to Gavaskar, the English conditions demand a lot more footwork and patience.
"It demands a lot more of your footwork, patience because the ball keeps moving off the surface, you will get the odd scoreable deliveries which you must capitalise on, but in conditions in England like it happened in Birmingham, you have to be more watchful.
"We did not except such a thing because in June and July the weather was like you get in India. You can never be prepared for these kinds of conditions. For players from the sub-continent, it's not very easy, which is why I keep saying one must play more red-ball cricket, because that gives you a little bit of idea.
"You may not get world class bowlers but at least you will be playing first-class bowlers," said the batting great.
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