Indian vice-captain Virat Kohli has sharply been criticised by the Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott as his wrestle continued to prosper in the ongoing tour of England. Already under pressure due to the ill performances in the Test series, Kohli attempted to do away with his poor form in the second ODI and severely withered in front of Chris Woakes for a three-ball duck.
Kohli went on to bat with an added sense of bravery. After smashing a fluent 71 in a practice match against Middlesex, Kohli compacted to play his old and renowned aggressive brand of cricket, which has helped him score 19 ODI hundreds so far. The format being his favourite and the most productive one for him, still managed to falter Kohli in its altar once again.
The Test series was a bit difficult for him. In a five-game series when you do not get going and you keep getting out, it is pretty difficult to attain a comeback, a dejected Kohli said before the match. He also said that they got a few days off, had a good practice game, and got a few runs there. To be very true, this format has always been where he expresses himself, he does not think too much, and also does not pressurize himself too much. Just going to go out there, he backs himself and simply plays some aggressive cricket.
However, Kohli’s attitude did not pay off this time. He must have backed his talent to play some intrepid shots early on; still it was this audacity that brought him more failure. Geoffrey Boycott, who is now a renowned commentator of the game, was left aghast that a batsman of his capabilities could repeat such exemplary basic mistakes.
It was clearly the shot of a man not thinking straight, one whose brain has been jumbled. Kohli has had a rotten time in the Tests, and he must now look beyond what has happened and that he must use his brains to get out of trouble, because talent is no good without intelligence and proper application, and Kohli is too talented a player to waste his time and energy in such a manner, furious Boycott urged.
If Kohli has to come back to form, he could be expected to spend time with former India skipper and current team director Ravi Shastri, who had helped Suresh Raina with valuable tips that helped the left-arm batsman to score a match-winning centuryand serve for his Nation.