Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar elaborated on the advice he gave to the current Indian skipper Virat Kohli after the latter’s poor form in the 2014 England tour. Virat Kohli registered his lowest overall tally of runs and he looked completely shattered with the highest score of 39 in the complete five tests.
He sets the bar really high and it was unlike Kohli’s dismissals with poor judgments of his off stumps. He was struggling to cope up with the bowling of James Anderson, who kept taking the edges of Kohli. It was a forgettable series for him as a batsman but he did not give up and proved his critics wrong in the 2018 tour of England.
“He Made Me Realise The Importance Of A Big Stride” – Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli revealed the advice that Sachin gave him after the poor series of England. Kohli mentioned that Sachin wanted him to work on getting a bigger stride in, and a forward press against fast bowlers. He added that Sachin’s advice on hip moment did the trick for him.
“I came back from England and spoke to Sachin paaji … I told him that I am working on my hip position. He made me realise the importance of a big stride, a forward press against fast bowlers as well. The moment I started doing that with my hip alignment, things started ironing out nicely,” Virat Kohli said in an interview.
Sachin Explains The Role Of Hip Position
Sachin revealed his advice to Kohli about the hip position in a way affecting the shoulders and noted that the hip position matter a lot if the shoulders should not open while batting. He added that this is one of the basic issues and it is common that cricketers forget about it.
“Like he said about the hip position, if the alignment changes from there, your shoulders automatically open. The hip position needs to be right so that the shoulders don’t open. Many times, people will tell you that your shoulder khul raha hai (is opening), but what is the root cause is what they forget,” Sachin Tendulkar answered.
Virat Kohli did not start his recent England tour well with a golden duck in the first test and he will need to reassess things.