Former India opener Gautam Gambhir feels that the talks surrounding Indian red-ball skipper Virat Kohli’s dismissals in the Centuries Test against South Africa is unfounded and it creates unnecessary chaos.
Virat Kohli has been heavily criticized for not converting good starts into big scores and eventually losing his wicket by playing a poor shot. Kohli got in a similar fashion in both the innings of the first Test match against South Africa at SuperSport Park, Centurion by chasing a delivery outside off-stump.
Former cricketer Gambhir stated that Kohli has been exceptional for India and he just needs to leave a lot of balls outside the off-stump.
“A lot is being said about Virat Kohli’s dismissals in the first Test match. I think some of it is unfounded and creates unnecessary chaos. Kohli has been exceptional in his run-making for India, he just needs to leave lot more balls outside the off-stump and buy time,” he wrote in his column for Times of India.
I Wasn’t Too Keen To Play Ajinkya Rahane In The First Game – Gautam Gambhir
Former opener Gambhir said that he wasn’t too keen to play Rahane in the Centurion Test against South Africa but his 48 runs knock won him a place in the Johannesburg Test as well. He added that he would continue with senior batter Cheteshwar Pujara at No.3.
“I wasn’t too keen to play Rahane in the first game. But with decent 48 in the first innings perhaps he would have won himself a place in second Test match too. I’d continue with Cheteshwar Pujara at No. 3,” he said.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli was ruled out of the second Test against South Africa with a back spasm and Hanuma Vihari replaced him in the team and KL Rahul was given the responsibility to lead the team.
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