Published on: Aug 25, 2022
His lack of form may be the big talking point in cricketing circles at present. However, Virat Kohli has asserted that he is batting well. He also stated that there is no specific problem with his batting, unlike the 2014 tour of England, when he kept nicking balls outside the off-stump during Test matches.
The 33-year-old has not played a game for India since the disastrous tour of England. He was rested for the white ball tours of the West Indies and Zimbabwe. The former India captain is currently in the UAE, preparing for the Asia Cup , which begins on August 27.
Speaking ahead of the tournament, Kohli opened up on his poor form. In a conversation on Star Sports’ show Game Plan, he commented, “What happened in England was a pattern, so something that I could work on and something that I had to kind of overcome. Right now, as you rightly mentioned, there is nothing that you can point out saying that the problem is happening here. So, that for me, is actually an easier thing to process because I know that I’m batting well and at times, when I start feeling that rhythm back, then I know that I’m batting well.
“So, that for me is not an issue, which wasn’t the case in England; I didn’t feel like I was batting well at all. So, I had to work hard on one thing that could be exposed again and again which I overcame; right now this is not the case,” he added.
The Men in Blue will begin their Asia Cup 2022 campaign by taking on Pakistan in Dubai on August 28. This match will also be Kohli’s 100th T20I. Hence, he will have additional motivation to do well. On his lack of runs, he stated he is keen to learn and get better from his experience in the ongoing stage.
Kohli said, “I know where my game stands and you cannot run this far in your international career without having the ability to counter situations and counter conditions and counter different kinds of bowling. So, this for me, is an easier phase to process, but I don’t want to put this phase behind me. I want to learn from it and I want to understand what core values I have, as a sportsperson and as a human being.
“As long as I’m ticking those boxes, I know there are ups and downs, and when I come out of this phase, I know how consistent I can be. My experiences are sacred to me. Whatever I have experienced in this phase or in the past, as well one thing that I can vouch for is that I have never valued myself more as a person,” he concluded.
In 99 T20Is, Kohli has scored 3308 runs at an average of 50.12 with 30 fifties, which includes a best of 94 not out.
–By A Cricket Correspondent