Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma revealed that the Indian captain changed his trigger movement across the off-stump which ended up working in the first innings in Cape Town.
As a result, he was able to leave balls outside off more consistently and churned out 79 crucial runs in India’s first innings of 223. Prior to this, the 33-year-old used to move across in the hopes of making contact with wide deliveries.
“Virat Kohli made a similar mistake in England in 2014. I told him that as you are going more towards the off-stump, you think that you will be able to play all the balls.”
“This is why he was not able to leave the ball well. Now, he is more at the middle and off-stump. Because of this, he is more aware of his off-stump and hence doesn’t look to play the balls that are on the 6th stump,” Rajkumar said on Khelneeti.
“He will be the big wicket tomorrow” – Keegan Petersen on Virat Kohli
Heading into Day 3, the onus is on Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara to play out the first session and put India in a good position. They are currently on 57/2 with a lead of 70 with three more days of play left in the Test.
“The two batting now have been a bit of a headache for us in the last couple of innings. He’s (Kohli) one of the best batters in the world and he’s shown that time and again. Yes, he will be the big wicket tomorrow and if we can get his wicket early, it will open up the game,” Petersen told in a media interaction on Wednesday.
The series is at 1-1 with the decider currently being played in Cape Town.