Virat Kohli had a great 2016. The Delhi batsman joined the ranks of Don Bradman by scoring three Test double centuries in an year and had an average of 92.37 in the ODIs. The team remained undefeated in Tests under his captaincy for a year and with four centuries in the IPL, the man created a record untouched by any other player in any T20 tournament.
But, alas, that was last year!
While the year started with Kohli being crowned the captain in all three formats of the game and a clean-sweep against England, the ongoing TEst series against Australia has proved to be a not-so successful one for the batsman. The team did equal the series today but Kohli, the fierce batsman, failed to shine in any of the innings.
The man got out on a duck in the first inning of the first match and managed to score only 13 in the second. Fans expected their favourite batsman to make a comeback in the next but Kohli got out cheaply in both the innings.
However, shutting everyone down who has started to doubt Kohli’s capability as a performer, India assistant coach Sanjay Bangar said one should not read too much into Virat Kohli’s failures with the bat. He said that the batsman has enjoyed great innings prior to the series and will make a comeback soon.
“Virat’s batting has been outstanding. So we should not be commenting on one or two failures when he has been so successful. Virat’s mindset is that he will learn from failures. This is his greatness. In the coming matches, he will perform well,” said Bangar after the stumps yesterday.
“We were all quite disappointed. If there was conclusive evidence it would have been better. Virat was really pumped up. He is a big match, big impact player, wanted to succeed very badly. So it was a normal sort of reaction in the dressing room when he gets out cheaply,” said Bangar after the batsman got out in a controversial manner.
The assistant coach for the Indian Cricket Team said that they are new to DRS and the game is still very much dependent on field umpire’s decision. “The rules have also been tweaked a bit. So whatever it is umpire’s call becomes very crucial. We have not really sat down and evaluated but we are learning as we are playing,” he said, adding that it is for the administrators to decide on what particular technology should be used.
Bangar also took the moment to praise India’s batting in the second inning. The team put a decent 274 against Australia with Pujara and Rahane shinning for their partnership. Both the batsman contributed a decent 92 and 52 to the scoreboard respectively.
“We looked into the past of how we performed and what are the areas we have to adapt. After the chat we came out with solutions. The batsmen really applied themselves, used their feet quite a bit, trying to get to the pitch of the ball and also play on the backfoot. So, they put up definitely their best efforts than what they did in the previous three innings,” he said.
H/T: India Today