Indian bowler Harbhajan Singh talked about the fault in Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s footwork in the ongoing Test series between India and England.
The limelight is on Kohli after he is unable to score enough runs up to his potential as he has scored 124 runs from five innings at an average of 24.8 so far and there is much being talked about his body movement and footwork which leads to his dismissals.
Experts compare Kohli’s current adjustment with his body and foot to that of his last Test tour in England in 2018 when he scored a phenomenal 593 runs in 10 innings with three hundreds next to his name.
In the last tour in 2018, Virat Kohli’s foot was straight: Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan noted the change in the Indian captain’s footwork in this series, as the spinner analyzed that Kohli’s body weight is naturally forward when he faces the bowler with a straight foot. But when that foot goes across it transfers the bodyweight.
“The small thing I have noticed, even though Virat is such a tremendous player, is that he is getting his feet across. In the last tour, his foot was straight. When the foot is straight and facing the bowler, the body weight is naturally forward,” Harbhajan said on his YouTube channel.
“When the foot is across, the body weight is transferred to the side. and when the head moves to the side, you tend to play the ball away from the stumps. When a player like Kohli is being caught at slips for five innings in a row, I feel like footwork is the problem,” he added.
Virat Kohli must also be thinking that ‘I should also score a hundred’: Harbhajan Singh
Kohli hasn’t scored an international century for nearly two years, which is just haunting him with every innings he passes without a three-digit score in his account. Harbhajan hopes for the Indian captain to score a hundred in the fourth Test at Kennington Oval.
“Big players have big egos because, if the opposition captain is scoring runs, then Kohli must also be thinking that ‘I should also score a hundred, and make it a big one.’ I’m hoping the century comes at The Oval, because when the runs start to flow, you see he will be a different batter altogether.” Harbhajan mentioned.
The five-match Test series is levelled at 1-1 with the fourth Test scheduled to start on Thursday (September 2) in London.