Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra opined that Virat Kohli’s method of dismissals is getting worse which is very much unlike him. Kohli’s rough patch continued after another disappointing performance in the first T20I against West Indies.
Kohli got off to another start but he continued playing risky shots. He is known to rotate the strike and keep the scoreboard ticking but a responsibility-less Kohli attempted to play an inside-out shot over cover but ended up offering a dolly to Keiron Pollard at long-off.
“Virat Kohli did not score runs again and the way he is getting out, that’s very unlike him. We are doing very little conversation about Virat Kohli, which is never a good thing. We are not even talking about him, that is hurting me, that must be hurting him.”
“A good player’s recognizance is that his name is written with prominence in any report card, it is his story even on the day when he fails because 40 for Kohli is a failure, 40 for Aakash is a success,” Chopra said in a video on his YouTube channel.
“He never used to do like this earlier, he was risk-averse” – Aakash Chopra
Chopra also mentioned that Kohli would never attempt risky shots unless the situation absolutely demanded it. That has changed since his slump and he is looking to score runs off every ball.
“The way Kohli got out, discipline was making him the greatest batter on the planet, what would have happened if that shot had gone for a six? Nothing would have happened, you wouldn’t have won the match because of that six. But when you get out, the team is also stuck slightly.”
“Kohli never used to do like this earlier, that if a six is not required, he never used to hit it and scored through singles or fours. He was risk-averse, that he will not play the risky shots at all. That is what Virat was all about but now he is not playing like that and that is a bit of a concern,” Chopra added.
India won the first T20I by six wickets, extending their streak in the shortest format to seven.