Geoffrey Boycott has got a distinct respectable position in the world of cricket. His well balanced and calculative remarks are often treated as true projection of any given situation. With their downwards recent poor test performance in England, India’s star batsmen Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara have no longer remained the successors of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid in the opinion of Boycott. Both of them miserably failed to fulfill the expectations contrary to their reputation. Boycott felt that both of them are particularly responsible of India’s defeat. Apparently, a hurt Boycott expressing his concern said “We were led to believe that these two would take the places vacated by Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, respectively, and those are some pretty big shoes to fill. That is why we have been amazed at the way their form seems to have completely abandoned them. Consider this sequence of scores from the two stars: Pujara has scored 28, 43, 24, 2, 0, 17, 4 and 11. Kohli has 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6 and 20.”

Attributing the reasons as repeated mistakes he said “What has been truly disappointing is the way these two gifted young men have repeated their mistakes. Kohli is clearly unaware of his off stump and has been fishing constantly, which you simply can’t do against the moving ball, and Pujara’s dismissals have been embarrassing, to be honest.”

Pointing out their failure in countering the English attach, he opined “Both Pujara and Kohli have come up against high-quality seam bowling in unfamiliar and, for them, unpleasant conditions. That technical problem, coupled with their mental state, has contributed to their current poor run.”

However, on a positive note, Kohli has shown some spark in yesterday’s match by scoring vital 71 runs but there are a hell lot of efforts required re-establish himself as soon as possible. All he has got to do is to stay focused. Sky is the limit.


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