Aakash Chopra has pointed out that the Indian skipper figuring out ways to score runs is the fundamental difference between Virat Kohli and Joe Root at the moment.
Virat Kohli has scored just 124 runs at a below-par average of 24.80 in the three Tests against England so far. Joe Root, on the other hand, has amassed 507 runs at a Bradmanesque average of 126.75.
Aakash Chopra: Virat Kohli Is Still Trying To Figure Out Ways On How To Score Runs
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra was asked about the fundamental difference between Virat Kohli and Joe Root in the ongoing series.
He replied: “There is a difference in runs. Root has reached 725, don’t know where he has reached, he is not stopping at all and is in a purple patch. Kohli is trying to figure out ways on how to score runs. It is not easy.”
The cricketer-turned-commentator highlighted that Virat Kohli seems to be low on confidence because of the lack of runs from his willow in recent times.
Aakash Chopra elaborated: “I feel confidence makes a huge difference, from where you are starting. India’s last Test series was against England in India, those were tough pitches, only Rohit Sharma could leave an impression as a batsman, a century each from Rishabh Pant and Ravichandran Ashwin, but that’s about it.”
Virat Kohli managed just 172 runs at an underwhelming average of 28.67 in the four Tests against England on home soil in 2020/21. Across formats, the India skipper hasn’t scored a century since November 2019 and has also slipped to the 5th spot in the ICC Test rankings as a batsman.
In the 2014 England tour, the Indian skipper had a horrific series where he ended up scoring only 134 runs from four Tests. He averaged only 13, with scores of 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6, and 20. Virat Kohli had contrasting tours of England in 2014 and 2018. In 2014, he managed only 134 runs in five Tests at a poor average of 13.40. Four years later, he hammered 593 runs in the five-Test series. Virat Kohli averaged 59.30 with two hundred in 2018.
Aakash Chopra: Virat Kohli Is Finding Out Ways To Score Runs In Challenging Conditions
Aakash Chopra pointed out that the seamer-friendly conditions in England are adding to Virat Kohli’s woes. Virat Kohli has been nicked out on every occasion.
He explained: “These are again challenging conditions. The opposition is bowling well and you are repeatedly getting out. The mindset and form Joe Root has, there is no false shot at all. The other batsmen are falling at the other end but there is no impact on the player.”
The former India opener signed off by stating that Virat Kohli is going through a lean patch, which happens with every cricketer.
Chopra observed: “He is in his own zone like Virat Kohli was in 2018. Every great player, who plays for a long time, will always go through such a phase sometime or the other where you will either get into a purple patch or you are just trying to figure out ways to score runs, sometimes ugly runs. That is what Virat Kohli is doing at the moment.”
The England bowlers have targeted Virat Kohli outside the off-stump and played with his patience. The Indian skipper had refrained from playing such deliveries for the majority of the time during his successful stint in 2018.