Former England captain, Michael Vaughan isn’t much fazed about Virat Kohli’s batting form which has come under the scanner this year. His comments came after India’s loss in the second ODI against Australia on Sunday in Sydney.
While Kohli did score an 87-ball-89, fans would have expected the captain to bat more and get the team close to the target. Kohli, who is regarded as the best chaser in limited-overs cricket, hasn’t had the best of time with the bat this year.
The right-hander last scored an ODI century in August last year. He had a forgettable Test series in New Zealand earlier in the year where he could manage only 38 runs in 4 innings.
In the IPL as well, the RCB skipper was nowhere near at his attacking best. While Kohli did hoard 466 runs, it came at a strike rate of 122. He was highly criticized for his over-cautious approach in the middle-overs where the right-hander eschewed his attacking instincts.
India won’t win the 3 Test matches without Kohli: Michael Vaughan
Amongst all the talks on Kohli’s form, Michael Vaughan isn’t worried about it as he feels that the Indian captain will soon hit his straps of scoring big hundreds. He believes that once Kohli gets a ton, he will hit 3-4 more three-figure scores.
The 46-year-old also opined that Kohli is the best all-format batsman of this era. Vaughan observes that the Delhi-born batsman may have got out cheaply recently, but he hasn’t lost his touch.
Speaking to Cricbuzz, Michael Vaughan said, “The one thing I don’t worry about with Virat Kohli is his batting. There is no concern about his batting whatsoever. He is a wonderful player, he’s the best of the era across the formats, there is no doubts about that.”
“His 100s will come. Once he gets one, probably he would get 3-or-4 together, he’s that good. I have kind of seen Virat so closely, I never ever worry about his batting. He may get out, but he never ever looks out of touch,” he said.
The former England captain also opined that it would be challenging for India to win the three Tests which Kohli will miss. The Indian skipper will leave for India after the first Test in Adelaide to attend the birth of his child with his wife, Anushka Sharma. Ajinkya Rahane will take the leadership duties for the last three matches.
“I worry about those three Tests that India have without him. I don’t see India being able to win those Tests without the Virat Kohli factor. He is that important for that Test team,” Vaughan added.