IND vs ENG: He Needs A Break From The Game - Michael Vaughan On Virat Kohli's Struggles

Updated - 15 Jul 2022, 05:56 PM

Michael Vaughan (Image Credits: Twitter)
Michael Vaughan (Image Credits: Twitter)

Former England captain Michael Vaughan thinks that Indian batter Virat Kohli’s current main challenge is a lack of focus.

The star batsman, who appeared to be in fine form during the second ODI on Thursday (July 14) at Lord’s, was once again undone. In India’s current tour of England, Kohli has scored far fewer runs than necessary.

Virat Kohli (Image Credits: Twitter)
Virat Kohli (Image Credits: Twitter)

Michael Vaughan highlighted on Cricbuzz that Kohli has to take a break from the game as his focus is dying down:

“Every time Virat bats, he appears OK in my observation. When he finally emerges, he simply surprises you. I do not detect anything wrong with his movement or technique; he merely makes the occasional error, possibly due to lack of attention.”

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo: Twitter)

“He needs a break from the game, as I have mentioned previously. It appears to me right now that it is mental toughness, concentration, and the ability to observe the ball and respond. If you are exhausted, it is quite difficult,” Vaughan continued.

Michael Vaughan on India’s effort with the bat:

Michael Vaughan stated that the Indian opening batsmen were liable for waiting for the bad ball:

“I am unsure if Hardik Pandya was required to take such a high-risk shot at that point in the game, given how well he and Ravindra Jadeja were playing. In this particular inning, the mood was not yet established. It seemed as though they were anticipating the poor ball for the opening couple of overs.”

Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma
Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma. (Photo: Twitter)

“You must demonstrate intent even if the ball appears to be moving. You did not get the impression that the opening couple was aggressive in their mindset because of their body language.”

At Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday, the third and final one-day international of the series will pit India against England (July 17). The scoreline is now 1-1 in the series.

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