Former India captain Virat Kohli has struggled in Test cricket during the last three years. The top batter’s bad form continued in the first Test of the current Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia. Kohli managed just 12 runs before being removed by rookie Todd Murphy. With the second Test due to begin on Friday, February 17, all eyes will be on the Indian batting stalwart’s performance.
Dinesh Karthik, an experienced Indian wicketkeeper, has understood Kohli’s failings against spin. According to Karthik, the majority of the Indian Test team’s players would be more focused on the spin at first, and then on playing medium pacers. He also said that he feels Kohli experienced the same thing.
“When you come in as a young player, as a domestic guy, you normally play spin a lot better. But once you’ve made that decision, you’re done. When you come to international cricket, you actively concentrate on playing fast bowling a lot more,” Karthik said.
“So that is one of the reasons you see most of the local cricketers who come into Indian Test cricket squad initially are fantastic players of spin but later on possibly it lessens a little because they utilise a lot of their energy and their concentration is lot on playing medium pacers. And I’m very confident Virat Kohli is in the same boat,” Karthik said.
“You go back in time.” I’m sure he’s a better fast bowler player now than he was when he first began. Maybe his game against spin has slipped a little, but that’s acceptable and understandable. When you go overseas, you don’t play as many spinners, you don’t play as many excellent spinners, and you probably wind up playing on the domestic circuit for longer hours, even if you play in the subcontinent,” he said.
“You may argue that he hasn’t played well against spin in recent years, but he’s a really excellent player when it comes to spin bowling, particularly fingers spin bowling. “The data show he has out to spin, so he has to improve on that,” he said.
For the most of 2022, Kohli was at his lowest point in his career. The 34-year-old batsman, however, recaptured his form in the 2022 Asia Cup, when he smashed a tonne (122* of 61) against Afghanistan. He went on to score three ODI hundreds and a match-winning 82* against arch-rivals Pakistan in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 at the famous Melbourne Cricket Stadium. He is now hoping to make a strong return in Test cricket as well.