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Kapil Dev finds Virat Kohli’s flaw

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Published on March 08, 2020 with No Comments

According to India’s first World Cup-winning captain, reflexes is letting Kohli down

Former India Cricket Captain Kapil Dev has expressed that slowing down of reflexes could be the reason behind Virat Kohli’s struggles in New Zealand and the Indian skipper needs to “practice more” to overcome the age factor.

The 31-year-old Kohli managed just 38 runs in the two Tests at an average of 9.50 in New Zealand. In the preceding limited overs series, he managed to score 180 runs including a half-century, making it a forgettable tour for the India skipper.

“With every big batsman there comes a phase. This is the age, after turning 30 everyone says there is a dip in the eyesight and that takes 6 months to a year to get used to it,” Kapil told a leading TV channel from India.

“I think Kohli needs to adjust his eyesight a bit. When big players start getting bowled or LBW to incoming deliveries then you have to tell them to practice more,” he added.

Aware that his star-studded pace attack isn’t getting any younger, India captain Virat Kohli says the team’s think-tank will need to have the next crop of speed merchants ready soon enough as one can’t “squeeze the life out” of established names.

While Jasprit Bumrah, 26, is expected to lead the pace pack for many more years, Ishant Sharma, who will be 32 this year, and Mohammed Shami (29) have already reached the peak of their prowess. Not to forget Umesh Yadav, who will turn 33 this year. “These guys are not getting any younger so we need to be very careful and very aware and accept that these are situations that can potentially come up and have guys who can replace them and be up and running as soon as possible,” Kohli said.

Sharma’s poorly handled rehabilitation, which saw a recurrence of an ankle tear, and Shami’s workload in the past two years are indicators that this team has to be ready for transition in the pace department in the next couple of years. “We do need to recognise who are the next three-four guys that can keep the standard up because you don’t want to feel a void suddenly if a couple of guys miss out,” Kohli said.

With the Indian team’s packed schedule across formats, Kohli said that it’s inhuman to “squeeze the life out of individuals”. “That’s what happens in cricket. Mini transitions happen every now and then, and you need to be aware of them,” Kohli said. “You can’t squeeze the life out of individuals, and when they are done, you have no back-up. I think we as a side are pretty aware that these things are quite possible,” he added.

Navdeep Saini is already a part of the set-up. “Saini is one who has come into the system. We have two-three more that we have an eye on,” he said. 


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