Indian captain, Virat Kohli’s woeful form across international formats, continued as he notched up a five-ball duck against England in the opening T20I in Ahmedabad on Friday. Virat Kohli was also not at his supreme best in the Test series as he bagged a couple of ducks in that as well. But former England captain Michael Vaughan is not too concerned and feels that his best is around the corner.
India’s preparations for the T20 World Cup later this year hit a roadblock as England thrashed them in the first T20I to take a series lead. The hosts batted first and managed only 125 in 20 overs, with Shreyas Iyer being the lone warrior with a half-century. India’s bowlers had no answers to England’s opening pair, who added 72 for the first wicket and overhauled the target with eight wickets to spare in 15.3 overs.
As far as Michael Vaughan is concerned, Virat Kohli needs to be selfish if the Indian team is to rack up big scores and lift the T20 World Cup this year. Vaughan also conceded that Kohli must take some time to settle and get an eye in and felt that once he does so and gets a couple of boundaries, he would be unstoppable.
“For India to get those big scores, be really effective, and go on to win the T20 World Cup, it will serve the team better if Virat is just a little bit selfish. A little bit more selfish in the first few deliveries, gives himself ten balls to get in. Even if he leaves out 3-4 balls in that, you know a couple of boundaries, and he will be on his way,” Vaughan told Cricbuzz.
Virat Kohli just doesn’t have to take too many risks too soon: Michael Vaughan
The 46-year old admired the right-handed batsman’s batting, claiming that he hardly looks out of form. While Vaughan agrees that Kohli’s mindset is quite not right at this point, but he is only 10-15 balls away from his best. The former England skipper opined that the 32-year old must refrain from taking too many risks too soon.
“I never get concerned with Virat’s batting because he never looks, in terms of movements, that he is out of form. But something will be triggering in that mind that is quite not right at the minute, but he’s only 10-15 balls away from being back to the Virat Kohli we know. He just doesn’t have to take too many risks too soon when he goes out there in the middle,” he added.