Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli. Credits: Twitter

Last Update on: December 30th, 2021 at 12:14 pm

India batting coach Vikram Rathour has backed Test skipper Virat Kohli amid the latter’s ongoing poor form. Rathour has opined that Virat Kohli should not stop playing the shot on which he got out in both the innings of the ongoing IND vs SA 1st Test. However, he wants Kohli to pick better deliveries to play that shot.

In recent times, Kohli has continuously become a victim of off-wide deliveries. In the ongoing IND vs SA 1st Test, the right-handed batsman lost his wicket in the same fashion. He tried to play a cover drive on deliveries wide outside off and was easily caught at the slips.

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India Batting Coach Vikram Rathour
India Batting Coach Vikram Rathour (Image Credit: Twitter)

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Virat Kohli Needs To Pick Better Balls For His Shots: Vikram Rathour

Speaking after Day 4 of IND vs SA 1st Test, India batting coach Vikram Rathour mentioned that Virat Kohli needs to pick better balls to play these shots. He also said that Kohli should not stop playing these shots as they bring him lots of runs.

“These are shots which brings him (Kohli) lots of runs and it’s his scoring shot. He needs to play that shot and I think it is always your strength that turns out to be your weakness as well. If you don’t play a certain shot, you will never get out playing that shot. You will never score runs as well. Now, when to play that shot, that’s the part there are constant discussions”, Vikran Rathour said.

“Was it right all and right stage to play that shot? If we can tighten up our game-plans a little more, that will be better. So that’s the shot he (Kohli) plays well and he needs to carry on playing that shot but he needs to pick better balls,” Rathour further said.

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Virat Kohli got out for 35 runs in the 1st innings of IND vs SA 1st Test. In the 2nd innings, he could score only 18 runs. With 94-4 on the scoreboard, South Africa need 211 more runs to win the match. India need to pick 6 wickets to bag the victory with one more day to go in the Test.

Rahul Dravid, Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami. Credits: Twitter

In the 1st innings, India scored 327-10 batting first. Later, South Africa replied with 197 all-out, giving a 130-run lead to India. The Virat Kohli and boys then piled up 174-10 in the 2nd innings, setting up a target of 305 for South Africa.

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