IND vs SA: Sanjay Manjrekar Wants Virat Kohli To Watch His Earlier Batting Tapes To Improve Front Foot Commitment

Published - 12 Jan 2022, 01:26 PM

Virat Kohli, Sanjay Manjrekar
Virat Kohli, Sanjay Manjrekar. (Photo: Twitter)

Sanjay Manjrekar has advised Virat Kohli to watch his earlier batting tapes to improve his front foot batting. Sanjay Manjrekar’s comments arrive after an Indian skipper has continuously become a victim of off-wide deliveries in recent times.

Virat Kohli has time and again lost his wicket on a similar type of delivery in Tests. While attempting cover drive on off-wide deliveries, he has lost a wicket with a simple catch at slips or keeper with an edge. This again happened in the ongoing IND vs SA 3rd Test, when the right-handed batsman was dismissed by Kagiso Rabada on delivery too far on the off-side. Kohli got an edge and wicketkeeper Kyle Verreynne caught it comfortably.

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South Africa's Kagiso Rabada (L) celebrates after the dismissal of India's Virat Kohli (R) during the first day of the third Test cricket match between South Africa and India at Newlands stadium in Cape Town on January 11, 2022. (Photo by RODGER BOSCH / AFP) (Photo by RODGER BOSCH/AFP via Getty Images)
South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada (L) celebrates after the dismissal of India’s Virat Kohli (R) (Photo by RODGER BOSCH/AFP via Getty Images)

Virat Kohli Needs To Look At His Method Of Scoring Runs: Sanjay Manjrekar

While speaking to ESPNCricinfo, cricket commentator Sanjay Manjrekar said that Virat Kohli needs to look at his method of scoring runs.

“I think he has got to look at this method of scoring runs. I don’t believe in this thing of ‘who tells Virat Kohli anything about how he should bat. He is one of the all-time greats’. Roger Federer has a coach who travels with him, keeps telling him about things he needs to improve on. Every sportsman needs some kind of guide. And I think this method is making life a little more difficult for Kohli,” Sanjay Manjrekar said.

Sanjay Manjrekar
Sanjay Manjrekar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Manjrekar also asserted that head coach Rahul Dravid should advise Kohli to have a relook at the earlier batting tapes to improve his front foot commitment.

“Kohli has other shots as well. We are saying he ran out of partners and hence missed a hundred. But the Virat Kohli of old, with all the shots that he used to play, would have got a 130 in the same number of balls. Who better than Rahul David to quietly start suggesting to Kohli whether he would want to look at some of his earlier tapes? How he used to score more freely and whether he wants to have a relook at this front foot commitment no matter what,” Majrekar further stated.

Virat Kohli
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Virat Kohli, however, came up with a good show in Cape Town during IND vs SA 3rd Test. The right-handed batsman slammed 79 runs off 201 balls before losing his wicket to Kagiso Rabada, taking India to 223-10.

Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada (Image Credit: Twitter)

Kagiso Rabada came up with another fascinating spell, crushing 4 batsmen. Marco Jansen also hunted 3 wickets. Duanne Olivier, Lungi Ngidi, and Keshav Maharaj picked 1 wicket in their kitty. At the stumps of day 1, South Africa reached 17-1 on the scoreboard. The home side now trails by 206 runs after losing skipper Dean Elgar cheaply for 3.

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