Right now I know I’m hitting well, says Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli has revealed he worked through his setbacks during the England tour and now feels ready for the challenges ahead with a firm belief in his batting abilities. Kohli pointed to his past success as proof of his batting skills, before admitting he’s doing his best to learn from the slump.
Even though Virat Kohli hasn’t scored an international century since November 2019, he maintained that there was nothing fundamentally wrong with his game. T20 at home to England last year, where he walked away with the Series Player award with a total of 231 runs in five games.
However, on the last tour of England this summer, the top-notch hitter fell short drastically and managed just 76 runs over six innings in all formats. He was repeatedly outplayed on deliveries outside the stump, failing in his attempts to play the trademark cover drive by edging the ball towards the drawstring. The 33-year-old revealed he has worked on this weakness in his game and is feeling good with his stick again.
“What happened in England was a pattern, so something I could work on, something I had to sort of overcome,” Kohli was quoted by Hindustan Times as saying on Star Sports’ Game Plan program.
“At the moment, there’s nothing you can report saying the problem is happening here. So for me, it’s actually an easier thing to deal with because I know I’m hitting good. And sometimes when I start to feel the rhythm is back then I know I’m hitting well. So for me it’s not a problem, which wasn’t the case in England; I didn’t have didn’t feel like I was hitting well at all. So I had to work hard on something that could be exposed over and over again and I got over it; at the moment it’s not.”
The talisman has racked up over 20,000 international runs in his international career and has the second highest number of centuries in game history only behind Sachin Tendulkar. For a long period, he was the number one ranked batter in all formats and has already earned the claim of being one of the all-time greats in cricket. Kohli said he was taking form in his stride and was certain to bounce back to his elite levels.
“I know where my game is at and you can’t get this far in your international career without having the ability to counter situations and conditions and counter different types of pins. So, for me, it’s an easier phase to deal with, but I don’t want to leave this phase behind. I want to learn from it and I want to understand what are the fundamental values that I have as an athlete and as a human being. As long as I check those boxes, I know there are ups and downs, and when I come out of that phase, I know how consistent I can be. My experiences are sacred to me. Everything I have experienced in this phase or in the past, and one thing I can testify to is that I have never valued myself so much as a person, ”signed the former Indian skipper.
Kohli will then be in action at Asian Cupwhere India open their campaign against Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium on August 28.
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