Former Australian batsman, Dean Jones, who shared a light moment with Virender Sehwag during the first Test match between India and England, has made a strong observation about Virat Kohli as the 55-year old cricketer turned commentator and coach, has found certain portion of Kohli similar with the explosive batsman Virender Sehwag, “There is a bit of Viru [Virender Sehwag] in him. Perhaps he has a slight weakness outside the off-stump in certain conditions but he is getting over that,” he says during a chat with the Hindu.
This is the first time when someone has made this quite observation about him. Further saying about Joe Root he says, “Root is organised, technically pleasing. It’s been a fascinating journey so far for both Kohli and Root.”
“If you look at the Fab Five of the present times, Kohli, Root, AB de Villiers, Kane Willamson and Steve Smith, they all go back and across much like what Don Bradman or Brian Lara did. So in some ways, we are returning to the old school of batting,” he added. But there is something new about this as we always talk about fab four but Jones has added AB de Villiers to this list as well. Yes, he is a talented personnel but his age is something which separates him from these players.
Further, praising Chetshwar Pujara he says “He is disciplined at the crease, builds his innings.”
He also showered praises on in-form all-rounder R. Ashwin and further said, “In these conditions, Ashwin is very, very hard to play. His record here speaks for itself. But he has gone for plenty of runs with far lesser wickets on good, true pitches. That’s an aspect of his cricket he needs to work on. He has to plan his dismissals on good tracks, set batsmen up.”
“So many decisions are given off the front foot because of DRS. Batsmen these days are scared to come to the front foot since they could be struck on the pads. So they stay within the crease. It has affected footwork.”
These words of praise from Dean Jones will be a big boost for Indin players who, despite good performance are England are unable to really suppress them the way they wanted to do so.
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