Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

The Indian skipper Virat Kohli in an interview with Dinesh Karthik went on to reveal the struggles he had to go through after the poor stint in the 2014 Test series against England. Virat Kohli had a horrific time in the swinging conditions in England averaging under 20 in the 5-Test series.

Kohli was troubled by the veteran swing bowler James Anderson who kept it on the off-stump to dismiss the Indian skipper. Virat’s highest score in the series was just 39 and he couldn’t hit a fifty in the whole series which was unlike his usual standards. India went on to lose the series 3-1 and England stamped their authority at home in the series.

James Anderson, Virat Kohli
James Anderson dominated Virat Kohli in 2014. Image-thetimes.co.uk

Virat Desperate To Show People Of His Ability

Virat Kohli revealed that there were a lot of doubts from the people over him being suitable for test format and he wanted to prove them wrong after the England series. He mentioned that he treated every opportunity after the England series like an engineering exam so that he would have to pass to show people his capability in the longer format.

“To be honest before that Australia tour, I was treating every foreign tour like, more like an engineering exam, that I have to pass somehow and I have to show people that I can play at this level,” Kohli told Dinesh Karthik in an interaction on Sky Sports.

England's James Anderson chats to India's Virat Kohli as they walk off for rain stoppage during day two of the Specsavers Second Test match at Lord's, London. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)
England’s James Anderson chats to India’s Virat Kohli. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

“There Was Hardly Anyone Who Came To Help Me”, Reckons Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli mentioned that during his poor stint in the England series, there wasn’t anyone to help him out or take him through to adjust his game. He reckoned that he faced a lot of criticism from all ends and he understood that he isn’t playing to prove to the people around him as they aren’t going to serve him in the future.

“There I realised that once you are down and out, there was hardly anyone who came to help me, there was hardly anyone who was looking towards me and saying listen let’s work together and you know try to get your game up to speed, everyone was just going after me left, right and centre.”

So, I was like I am playing to prove these people long, for what, I have got nothing to do with them, they literally have nothing to contribute in my life,” he added.

Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, and Mitchell Johnson
Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, and Mitchell Johnson (Image Credit: Twitter)

Virat Kohli had a tremendous tour of Australia after the England series and continued his dominance in the next England tour in 2018.