Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar thinks Virat Kohli needs to look at what worked for him during India’s 2018 tour of England to make it to the World Test Championship (WTC) final. India will face Australia at The Oval in the clash at the top of the competition from Wednesday, June 7.
Kohli had a horrible test streak in England in 2014 and one of the main reasons was his vulnerability to deliveries just outside the stump. However, four years later, Kohli found himself with a staggering 593 runs in five tests under the same conditions with an outstanding average of 59.3 and two hundred.
Speaking to Star Sports, Manjrekar explained why the former India skipper had to go back to what worked for him in 2018. He said:
“In that 2014 series, he used to play balls that were way off the stump and could have been left behind. But what he did in 2018 made me say ‘Wow, that’s an all-time great.” He just went the old way of leaving the ball outside the stump.
“That was the secret to Virat Kohli’s success. He has to come back to that formula.”
Irfan Pathan on Virat Kohli’s current form
The past 12 months have been nothing short of sensational for Virat Kohli as he has scored runs across formats and seems to have found his mojo. The superstar hitter will also enter the WTC Finals after amassing 639 points in 14 games in the 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League.
Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan was also featured in the aforementioned Star Sports chat. He thinks Kohli’s confidence in himself has helped him find his best vintage.
Regarding this, Pathan said:
“He’s a completely different Virat Kohli who also scored a lot of points. He scored a hundred Tests, T20 and also in a one-day game, so the drought of a century is gone. Such a confident player .
“He scored 25,000 runs in international cricket and that’s because he has confidence in himself and his abilities.”
Absent an X factor like Rishabh Pant in the mid order against a strong Australian On the other hand, India will need Kohli to fire on all cylinders in the WTC final.