Indian test captain Virat Kohli has lately had a very hard time playing deliveries outside off – a zone that once used to be his favourite. He has lost his wicket many times in the past few matches trying to play shots in that zone and fans have thus suggested that Virat Kohli should follow the approach that Sachin Tendulkar used to score an unbeaten 241 at the SCG against Australia.
Sachin Tendulkar, during that time, was also facing difficulty in playing outside off deliveries so he did not hit a single cover drive throughout the innings !
However, former cricketer turned commentator Aakash Chopra who was a part of that legendary SCG test has said that he does not think Virat Kohli can replicate what Sachin Tendulkar did that day. However he suggested that the skipper should be a bit more patient.
Aakash Chopra said, “Kohli can show a bit more patience. Remember the new year’s Test match, Sydney 2004 when Sachin Tendulkar was getting out driving and then he didn’t play a single drive. I’m not saying go down that road because Sachin had more shots as compared to Virat but then, this is the recipe,” Chopra said on the Byju’s Cricket Live Show on Star Sports on Day 1 of the Johannesburg Test between India and South Africa on Monday.”
“I don’t think Kohli has too much of an issue playing the bouncers. It’s just about knowing where your off-stump is. Trusting the bounce a little more so you can leave the ball a little more. It doesn’t necessarily have to be on line. You don’t even need to misread the line; you’re not going to get bowled because the ball will be going over the stumps,” he added.