Virat Kohli will be one of the first few Indian players the Kiwis would try to rid of in the World Test Championship (WTC) FINAL. The final will be held at Southampton in June.
Virat Kohli has a good record against the New Zealand team in Tests. He has 773 runs from nine matches maintaining an average of 51.53. He has made three fifties, two-ton, and one double century against New Zealand.
The New Zealand team and their coach Gary Stead must have looked at Kohli’s weakness. They would be eager to put their plans to dismiss him in motion when he walks out to bat.
Three ways in which Kohli can lose his wickets pretty early in the innings
3. Deliveries that angle away from the off Stump
Virat has been previously susceptible to such deliveries. He has been guilty of edging such deliveries either to the wicketkeeper or getting caught at slip. The New Zealand pacers would have to bide their time and frustrate the Indian skipper to make mistakes. They can just hope that Kohli tries to play the shot and gets dismissed.
2. Tim Southee
Virat Kohli is vulnerable to Southee’s bowling. Tim Southee was Kohli’s weakness according to New Zealand legend Richard Hadlee. Tim has got him out many times before. When Kohli plays against Southee, he tends to put his front foot forward partly. Thereby if the ball moves away then he gets caught behind. If the ball nips back then Kohli gets leg before.
Statistically, Trent Boult and Southee have dismissed Kohli three times. It proves the theory of Kohli being vulnerable to balls that nips in as true.
1. Seamers who can increase their pace
Virat Kohli had earlier been deceived by Seamers who can crank up their pace. It forces him to mistime the shot he attempts to play. Although it’s not a technical flaw, the Kiwis can try to exploit it. With bowlers like Trent Boult and Kyle Jamieson in the team, getting the swing and the pace would not be much of an issue.