Former Pakistan National Cricket Team pacer Aaqib Javed has made a bold claim while comparing the former India National Cricket Team captain Virat Kohli with Pakistan National Cricket Team captain Babar Azam, New Zealand National Cricket Team captain Kane Williamson and former England National Cricket Team captain Joe Root.
Virat Kohli, who is going through a lengthy lean patch, has now gone 993 days without scoring a century at the international level. Kohli, who has scored 70 international centuries, is currently on a break. He will be returning to the side for the Asia Cup 2022 and will be in action in India’s opening clash against Pakistan in Dubai on August 28.
Speaking on Paktv.tv, Javed said that the technically-sound batters like Babar, Root and Williamson will never go through a lengthy lean patch like Kohli. He asserted:
“There are two types of great players. One is players who, if they get stuck, their rough patch continues for a long time. The others are technically-sound players, whose rough patch cannot continue that long, like Babar Azam, Kane Williamson, Joe Root. It is difficult to find their weakness. Kohli gets stuck at times with those deliveries outside off stump. James Anderson has targetted that a million times”
To come out of it, he can try playing a big knock without being conscious – Aaqib Javed
Former Pakistan pacer further said that to come out of the rough patch Kohli will have to play a big knock freely without being conscious of his weakness.
“Last day I was watching him bat and I felt that he is now consciously trying not to play those deliveries from a distance. When you change your technique, these problems will surface. To come out of it, he can try playing a big knock without being conscious. That will help him sustain a purple patch for a long time,” he explained.
Javed added that questions will be raised if Kohli’s failure results in Team India’s loss in the high-profile games.
“If Kohli doesn’t perform, and India lose, they also face a similar situation like us. Then questions tend to arise that why didn’t they play an in-form Deepak Hooda, suppose. But in UAE pitches, even out-of-form batters tend to find rhythm,” Javed added.
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