April 21, 2019
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VVS Laxman discovers a rare weakness in Virat Kohli’s batting

Virat Kohli has evolved as a batter ever since he played his first International game way back in 2008. The Delhi lad kept scoring runs and learned from the mistake that has made him a modern great and possibly the world’s best batsman of the current era. However, the uninspiring show of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the ongoing Indian Premier League has been mainly due to the bad form of Virat Kohli, who has failed to score big runs for the franchise that has constituted to four losses on a trot.

Virat has scored 78 runs from four games for RCB with a poor average of below 20 and a strike rate of about hundred. This may have exposed one of the weaknesses of Virat which a cricket expert has failed to point out in past five years or so after the 2014 England tour.

Not to forget, Virat had a disastrous outing at the 2014 England test series where he didn’t had answers to swinging deliveries outside the off-stump and only managed to nick it past the keeper or the slips which exposed a major weakness of his batting. He worked hard on his technique and from the brink of getting dropped he emerged as the strongest batsman of the team across all three formats of the game.

Meanwhile, former India batsman VVS Laxman has pointed out that Virat has some problems against the spinners, especially the leggies.

“Well, I think there are some chinks because it is not the first time they’ve (spinners) got him, especially with the googlies. I remember last year too Mujeeb, Zampa and Markande got Virat out. In fact, Shreyas got his wicket before as well. I am sure that is something which Virat will be mindful of. Any pattern that Virat gets out in, he works quite hard on it,” Laxman told India today.

“The biggest example of that is the England series. He had a miserable series there in 2013 but the way he bounced back, scoring close to 600 runs on last tour, shows what kind of player he is. He is a special player and I am sure he will work this out as well,” the Hyderabadi batsman added.

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