200 Test Matches, 15921 runs and 51 hundreds. This is what Virat Kohli is supposed to replace in the current Indian Cricket Team. Those numbers are just a few highlights of Sachin Tendulkar’s illustrious Test career. Virat Kohli has been lauded by a section of Indian fans and media to fill up the void left by the legendary batsmen. It is very difficult for any cricketer to fill his boots with ease as a lot of praises will be heaped if the performance is outstanding and if he faces a tough time, the player should be ready to face double the amount of criticisms from various quarters. Currently Virat Kohli is facing such a situation.
After being the mainstay of Indian batting mainstay for four years, Kohli finally had a tough time throughout a series. Kohli took the flight to England as India’s X-Factor as a lot was expected of him ahead of the tour. But once the tour began, Kohli was completely off colour and looked far away from his best. Kohli was completely targeted by the English pacers. English bowlers sticked to their plan and successfully executed it each and every time.
It was completely Kohli’s fault as he was playing with a doubt in his mind for the deliveries that pitch outside the off-stump. Kohli got out to an incoming delivery from Liam Plunkett and since then, he was simply poking at the ball outside off just to block it and prevent from coming in to dismantle the stumps. Kohli’s performance with the bat might be one of the main reason behind Indian batting’s downfall in the series.
Kohli scored a mere 134 runs in ten innings, just 22 more than James Anderson, who has batted 5 innings lesser than Kohli. He was considered by the Indian media and the fans as the right man to challenge South African batsman AB de Villiers as the best batsman in the world at the moment. This tour would be a lesson for Virat Kohli and one must hope that Kohli will learn from his mistakes and come back stronger than ever.
Virat Kohli’s Ratings out of 10 in the 2014 Investec Series: “1”