Last Update on: July 25th, 2023 at 12:42 pm
Former Indian cricketer Saba Karim stated that ace batter Virat Kohli is more patient and composed compared to his previous aggressive style of batting. Saba Karim highlighted that Virat Kohli has learned to adapt his approach, according to different bowlers and conditions.
Virat Kohli has been in good touch with the bat in red-ball cricket. The right-handed batter ended his century drought in Tests during the Border Gavaskar Trophy (BGT) series earlier this year. He continued his batting form into the two-match Test series against the West Indies.
I Feel That Virat Kohli Has Settled – Saba Karim
During an interview on Jio Cinema, Saba Karim opened up about Virat Kohli‘s transformation with the bat during the Test against the West Indies.
“This new version of Virat is somewhat milder than what we saw in the past. And I feel that he has settled and understood the fact that there is no point in getting on that aggressive note against different sets of bowlers in different conditions,” Karim said.
The 34-year-old scored 76 runs off 182 balls in the series opener. He took 81 balls to score his first boundary, in complete contrast to his regular batting style. In the second Test, he scored 121 runs off 206 balls, ending his five-year drought of an overseas Test century.
End Aim Is To Get Runs For His Side – Saba Karim
The former chief selector highlighted Virat Kohli’s focus on staying at the crease and contributing to the team with his batting performance.
“He is in a different mould, he has settled down. He knows that if he stays at the wicket, he can always get runs. He is not fighting against the opposition bowlers.
He is trying to fight to keep himself in check so that he is able to consume deliveries. The end aim is to get runs for his side and he has been able to achieve that.”
Virat Kohli will be next seen in action during the three-match ODI series against the West Indies, which is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, July 27. However, he wasn’t included in the squad for the five-match T20I series against the same opposition.