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Virat Kohli struggled during the 2014 England tour: WV Raman

By Bet Barter

June 12, 2021

Former Indian women’s team coach WV Raman opined that Virat Kohli struggled during the 2014 England tour. It was because he was eager to get behind the line of the ball. According to Raman, Kohli was too preoccupied with technical aspects to offer the full face of the bat. 

Virat Kohli had a contrasting tour of England in 2014 and 2018 respectively. In 2014, he scored only 134 runs in five Tests at an average of 13.40. Whereas in 2018, he made 593 runs at an impressive average of 59.30.

WV Raman reflected on the reason behind Kohli’s poor performance in the 2014 England tour. He stated that Virat Kohli was struggling to bring his bat down on time during that tour. Kohli was so keen to play in an accurate way that he forgot to relax. Raman pointed out that if a player maintains the line, then he need not change his technique to succeed in England. The batsman should not play his shots early in the innings and smartly pick his deliveries. 

Raman also added that players need to make just minor changes in their technique to adapt to the conditions. A batsman should maintain their technique and adjust it based on difficult scenarios. 

James Anderson makes Virat Kohli doubt himself: Irfan Pathan 

Former all-rounder Irfan Pathan stated that Virat Kohli would always have doubts when he faces James Anderson. In the 2014 tour, Anderson was Virat Kohli’s nemesis. He troubled Kohli by nagging lines outside the off-stump. Every batsman in the world is uncomfortable when the ball moves. Thereby, when it would come to James Anderson, Kohli’s corridor of uncertainty would remain open. 

Virat Kohli would lead India in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton. The title match between the two teams would start on 18th June. After the inaugural WTC final, India would play a five-match test series against England starting on 4th August. 

The Indian team reached England on 3rd June and went through a strict three-day quarantine. Now, the team is going through nets sessions and practice matches to prepare for the WTC final.

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