Former Indian batsman Mohammad Kaif was confident about Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, getting back to his scoring ways very soon. Although it’s been quite a while since Kohli scored a century, Kaif wasn’t worried and said it was just a ‘matter of time’.
Virat Kohli last scored an international century way back in November 2019 against Bangladesh in the famous pink-ball Test. Covid-19 forced cricketing events to be stalled for a while before it made a comeback. Unfortunately for Team India, their talismanic captain hasn’t been the same ever since.
After that century in the first pink-ball Test in India, Kohli has failed in 15 Test innings since. In the year 2020, he played six innings and averaged just 19.33, which included a high score of 74 in the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia in Adelaide. So far this year, he has aggregated only 229 runs in nine innings, which includes two fifties.
“Expectations are high” – Mohammad Kaif on Virat Kohli’s batting ability
Luckily for India, others have raised their hand and helped India sail through – the Border-Gavaskar trophy where Rishabh Pant played a heroic innings to help India win the series comes to mind. However, the Men in Blue are now touring England where they haven’t won since 2007. Speaking about the matter, Mohammad Kaif felt Kohli’s benchmark has been set very high and he will get back to his scoring ways.
“Expectations are high. Getting hundreds in a Test is a task, a tough task. Kohli is among those (batsmen) who are doing it easily. The benchmark (he has set for himself) is very high. But I have got no doubts, he will come back strongly. Not that he’s not been scoring runs. He’s getting set and it’s just a matter of time (before he scores a hundred),” Kaif asserted.
Kohli’s next opportunity will be in the second Test at Lord’s, where he’ll be keen on getting his name etched on the honors board.