Indian team Test skipper Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma feels that his ward will make crucial contributions in the second Test against South Africa in Johannesburg.
It’s been more than two years since Kohli scored an international hundred with his last one coming against Bangladesh in November 2019.
In the first Test against South Africa in Centurion, Kohli made scores of 35 & 18 in both innings, taking his tally to 536 runs from 19 innings at an average of 28.21 in the year 2021. His highest score of 72 came against England in the first Test in Chennai.
Virat Kohli will come here and enjoy his batting even more: Rajkumar Sharma
Rajkumar Sharma said that Kohli’s confidence will be high after India’s clinical 113-run triumph against the Proteas in the first Test in Centurion.
“It is important because he knows the Indian team needs runs from him and his runs are due as well. I feel his confidence will be high here, he is anyway mentally very happy because the team has come after winning,” Rajkumar told India News.
“The Indian team’s confidence is high. I have full hope that he will come here and enjoy his batting even more and make important contributions for the Indian team,” he added.
India will have to forget the past and live in the present: Rajkumar Sharma
India will play their next game at the Wanderers Stadium, a venue where both Kohli (in 2018) and head coach Rahul Dravid (in 2006) have won a Test as Indian team captains.
India has played five Test matches at the Wanderers, having won twice and drawn three matches. India are yet to lose on the venue but Rajkumar Sharma feels the team must not be complacent and should approach the game focusing on each session at once.
“Such things give confidence when both have won there as a captain, which is a very good thing. But India will have to forget the past and live in the present, it is definitely good that India’s record there is good but you will have to play good cricket because you cannot take South Africa lightly in South Africa,” Rajkumar Sharma said.
“They [South Africa] have an excellent team and India have played fantastic cricket to take a 1-0 lead, so you cannot be overconfident or complacent that we will win the second match as well and win the series. You will have to play this match session-by-session and day-by-day. It is a very important match because if India wins here, history will be created as India will win a series there for the first time,” he added.
If India manages to win another game in Johannesburg, they will win their maiden Test series in South Africa and hence complete the dream of winning in all SENA countries.