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Virat Kohli is trying too hard to be error free Anjum Chopra decodes India captains ordinary batting form

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What is wrong with Virat Kohli, the batsman? While the India captain has led the transformation of the current Indian side into world beaters, his batting form has tapered off in the recent past. Kohli was racing towards the iconic landmark of 100 hundreds, having raked up 70 international hundreds in the first 11 years of his career.

But the wait for the 71st hundred has stretched beyond a year and half. The last time India went past the 3-figure score in an international match was in November 2019, against Bangladesh in India's first-ever pink-ball Test in Kolkata.

Kohli has set himself a high benchmark. Every time he walks out to bat, fans expect special things. At various stages over the last 18 months, Kohli has shown signs of returning to his peak but the big scores have eluded him. In fact, since the start of 2020, Kohli has scored only 407 runs with just 3 fifty-plus scores, averaging less than 24 across 10 Test matches.

As Kohli gears up for the Headingley Test after a remarkable victory at Lord's over England, former India women's team captain Anjum Chopra decodes what is possibly going wrong with the skipper's game.

Speaking to indiatoday.in, the former captain said Kohli is probably trying too hard to be error-free in England, knowing he is up against some of the best in the business. Anjum Chopra stressed that Kohli himself knows what he needs to do to get back to scoring big runs and that every batsman goes through such a phase where focussing too hard also works against them.

"I think he is trying too hard. I feel he is trying very, very hard to be error-free. He knows he has got the game and the temperament, but when you focus too much, sometimes you tend to falter. I just feel he is making a slight error in judgement," Chopra said on Tuesday.

"But I don't blame him. When the competition is so much, when you're trying to be error-free in a contest between two cricketing nations, India and England.

"And then there is a James Andeson who is up against the Indian captain. And there is a lot of chatter. Even if you don't read the news, you know which bowler has dismissed you many times. Anderson has got the better of him and he knows he is up for a contest.

"On the other hand, it's pretty natural. It's not happened because it's Virat Kohli, it happens to everyone. It's happening with Cheteshwar Pujara, it happened with Ajinkya Rahane also -- being cautious and very careful.

Anjum Chopra highlighted that Kohli looked classy during his valiant knock of 42 in the 2nd innings of the Lord's Test against England, which India went on to win by 151 runs.

"I am sure he knows the remedy as well. He has got to play the ball and not the bowler. Just play the one-ball game. We always tell ourselves as batters that we need to focus on one ball, you have to make sure you are focussed on the fraction of second the bowler delivers the ball.

"It's just about being in the present. So it's all about keeping it simple and following the basics.

"That 42 (at Lord's) was good. Those cover drives, those pushes, those were perfect shots," she added.

Kohli has not put a foot wrong as captain so far on the tour of England. Having led India to a 1-0 lead in the 5-match series, Kohli was in his element, sending out warning notices to the opposition when he interacted with the press on the eve of the 3rd Test in Headingley.

However, Kohli conceded that England is one of the toughest places to bat and it's important that a batter swallows his/her ego when batting in the Old Blighty. It seemed Kohli was reminding himself what it takes to repeat his batting heroics from 2018 wherein he was spotless against an English attack that was more threatening than the current, injury-marred arsenal.

 

Source Indiatoday

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