Former Pakistan player Aaqib Javed said that Indian skipper Virat Kohli is a typical Asian player who struggles to play the outswinger. Kohli has been under the hammer for not scoring the runs up to his potential, in the ongoing Test series against England, the batsman has scored 124 runs from five innings with an average of 24.8 He got his first fifty of the series at Headingley in the second innings but soon fell down to Ollie Robinson, once again the nick was the difference.
Virat Kohli is a typical Asian player: Aaqib Javed
The Indian captain has struggled to play the ball outside the off-stump and has heavily drawn flak for playing away from the body line which led to most of his dismissal. Javed said Kohli struggles in England and South Africa where the outswinger plays the key factor.
Talking about Kohli’s counterpart Joe Root’s technique, Javed said he is acclimatised to the home conditions which allows him to play the ball lately.
“Kohli is a typical Asian player, he can be successful in Australia. But in places like England and South Africa or anywhere where the ball swings or seams, he’ll chase the ball it as he’s vulnerable against the controlled outswing,” Javed said on Paktv.tv’s YouTube channel.
”Joe Root’s air-tight technique in these tough conditions make him safer than Kohli as he knows how to play the ball late,” he added.
Cricketing ecology plays a very big role in the development of a player: Aaqib Javed
James Anderson and Ollie Robinson were effective with the new ball on the fourth day as they rattled the Indian batting line-up on the fourth day to help England seal a comfortable win by an innings and 76 runs. Javed believes that cricket ecology is important for a player to enhance himself and fines SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia) players can play swing bowling better than the Asian players.
“Cricketing ecology plays a very big role in the development of a player. In England, the ball keeps swinging early in the season. Then towards the end, it does tend to spin too. So players get used to playing it the tough way,” said Javed.
“Players from the subcontinent ooze flair because they don’t care much about the ball moving around as they hit it through the line. Whereas, players from SENA can play the moving ball well. But once it starts to turn and keep low, they flatten out as well. So it is all in the ecology of their native place,” he added.
England levelled the five-match Test series 1-1 and the fourth Test will be played at Kennington Oval on September 2.