Virat Kohli is not a part of the Indian XI in the second Test in Johannesburg. He is ruled out with a back spasm as Hanuma Vihari has replaced him in the XI. Kohli has not scored a century in international cricket for over two years now. His last Test ton came way back in 2019 against Bangladesh.
Since then, Virat Kohli has been dismissed far too many times chasing the ball outside off stump. Bowlers from across the globe has found that to be his weakness and has constantly exploited that. Aakash Chopra talking to Star Sports has discussed his modes of dismissal in recent times and said that he needs to show more patience in his off-stump game.
“Kohli can show a bit more patience. Remember the new year’s Test match, Sydney 2004 when Sachin Tendulkar was getting out driving and then he didn’t play a single drive. I’m not saying go down that road because Sachin had more shots as compared to Virat but then, this is the recipe,” Chopra said on the Byju’s Cricket Live Show on Star Sports on Day 1 of the Johannesburg Test between India and South Africa on Monday.
Virat Kohli is now two Tests shy from getting to 100 Test matches. The next Test match in Cape Town will be his 99th. It would have been his 100th had he played the ongoing second Test in Johannesburg.
Chopra said that Kohli does not have too many weaknesses in his game. However, he said that he needs to know where his off-stump is and needs to trust the bounce off the pitch.
Virat Kohli Does Not Have An Issue Against Playing Bouncers: Aakash Chopra
“I don’t think Kohli has too much of an issue playing the bouncers. It’s just about knowing where your off-stump is. Trusting the bounce a little more so you can leave the ball a little more. It doesn’t necessarily have to be on line. You don’t even need to misread the line; you’re not going to get bowled because the ball will be going over the stumps,” added Chopra.
Having not scored a century for over two years now, cricketer experts are expecting to see the Virat Kohli of old in 2022.