India captain Virat Kohli should speak to batting great Sachin Tendulkar on how to curb his off side shots, to which he has been increasingly vulnerable in recent months, former skipper Sunil Gavaskar has said. While India have enjoyed unprecedented success in overseas conditions in the last two years in Test cricket, Kohli himself has been without a century across formats in the same period.
“It would be fantastic if he calls Sachin Tendulkar up to wish him a Happy New Year and during that talk just check with him how he curbed his off-side shots in the year 2003/04 against Australia. He was getting out caught in the covers and caught behind and then in that fourth Test in Sydney he decided he was not going to play in the covers. He was only going to play mid-off or straight and on the on-side. What did he end up with? 241 not out in the first innings and 60 not out in the second. Just maybe wish him a Happy New Year and pick his brains about how he did it, might help him as well,” said Gavaskar.
Gavaskar also said that Kohli has been pretty unlucky in the way that he is getting dismissed as soon as he makes mistakes.
“If you have a look at his batting, there has been nothing wrong. It’s just that he has been making his first mistake and then getting out, luck has not been with him. Yes you can argue that he should have left some of those deliveries but that’s it, every batsman makes mistakes. Most of them have the benefit of getting a life. In his case, he just hasn’t had that luck. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that 2022 is the year in which luck starts going his way. The runs and the centuries will follow,” said Gavaskar.
“Even here in both the innings, he got everything in the middle of the bat but the first time he made a mistake, he was out.”
Courtesy : India Today