Current Cricket Australia Selector and the former Australian batsman Mark Waugh has made a statement saying Indian skipper Virat Kohli is not able to concentrate to chalk out the plans clearly as India collapsed in the first innings of the second Test after off-spinner stars for Australia in Bengaluru who claimed eight wickets in an innings which saw India 189 all-out.
The 51-year-old Waugh has termed Kohli’s leg before dismissal (LBW) as ‘brain fade’ as he had a poor start so far in the ongoing four-match Border-Gavaskar Test series.
“That’s a brain fade. He can hit that ball in his sleep for runs. I know the ball before bounced and hit him on the thigh-pad and he’s a bit worried about those two men on the leg side, but that’s bread-and-butter for an Indian batsman, a class player. You just tuck that off the hip,” Waugh told Fox Sports on Kohli’s dismissal.
The 28-year-old batsman on Saturday was left shell-shocked when he left the ball without playing a stroke which wrapped him on the pad. It was the second time in the two innings when he was dismissed without offering any shot. Earlier, in the first Test, Kohli was bowled by the left-arm orthodox spinner, Steve O’Keefe.
“It was very un-Kohli like. He made a point of saying ‘we need to play with much more intent in this game’ but he’s been the prime example of not actually doing that,” Waugh said.
The New South Wales-born Waugh has also thrown some light on the Bengaluru wicket by saying it isn’t a good batting surface.
“This pitch to me, it’s not as bad as Pune but it’s got that natural inconsistent pace and bounce in it – you see some balls turning, some keeping low. I don’t think it’s a great batting wicket, it’s disconcerting for the batsmen,” Waugh added.
As Australia has continued their domination especially with the ball, Indian batters struggled against the visitors’ slow ball bowlers on a better surface this time than a turner in Pune which drew the flak as it was a dry-bone wicket.
Waugh also feels India batsmen were hesitant to bat on at M Chinnaswamy pitch.
“He’s [Kohli] just thinking negatively because there’s men around the bat. He’s thinking if it bounces he might get an inside edge. As a batsman, you can’t think like that,” Waugh concluded.
For Australia, Waugh had played 128 Tests, 244 One-day Internationals as he had amassed 16,529.
Rolling over his arm during his international career, Waugh had also bagged 144 wickets. He has last played his international game in 2002 against Pakistan.