Kohli must start using depth of the crease & explore more backfoot options: Manjrekar
Virat Kohli’s identical mode of dismissals in each of the five innings of the series. Has become a big worry for the Indian batting lineup. It’s not only his nemesis. James Anderson but also a fresher in test cricket, Ollie Robinson who has got Kohli’s number in this series. Pitching the ball fuller on slightly short of half volley length. Moving it slightly away is working like a dream to get Kohli out.
On the 4th morning starting at 45 not out confident runs, Kohli looked totally out of sorts. When the England bowlers led by Anderson probed him outside off. Finally yet again Kohli succumbed to the pressure of accurate bowling.
Sanjay Manjrekar has provided some crucial suggestions for Kohli to fine tune his technique and look to use the depth of the crease more in the post-match show ” Extra innings” on Sony.
Manjrekar said that Virat Kohli is making it more difficult for himself and easier for the bowlers by playing everything off the front foot. It has become a pattern. He should now think of using the depth of the crease and play off the back foot. As well to keep the bowlers guessing. Also batting outside the crease needs a re-look. Kohli must start using depth of the crease & explore more backfoot options: Manjrekar .
Manjrekar also mentioned the examples of Root and Pujara who succeeded at Leeds playing off the back foot.
This is a very crucial feedback which Kohli must look at to arrest this mode of dismissal. Kohli for all his greatness and a great record has got very limited backfoot skills on the off stump line. He hardly plays cut shots or the backfoot punch through the covers like Sachin used to do and bowlers are capitalising on these limitations .
Indeed Kohli’s mode of dismissals is a big worry and the Indian captain will do well to pay heed to Manjrekar’s important suggestions.
It is not sure whether the current Indian batting coach , Vikram Rathour ( with a test batting average of 13) has the personality to make an all time great like Kohli to think differently on his technique .