Manoj Tiwary Feels Virat Kohli Should Take A Cue From Rohit Sharma
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Manoj Tiwary Feels Virat Kohli Should Take A Cue From Rohit Sharma

Virat Kohli with Rohit Sharma during the home series against Sri Lanka IMAGE: AFP
Virat Kohli with Rohit Sharma during the home series against Sri Lanka IMAGE: AFP

Manoj Tiwary opened up on Virat Kohli’s struggles in the ongoing India-England Tests. Manoj Tiwary feels the Indian skipper should have to take a clue from Rohit Sharma on how to deal with balls pitched outside off-stump.

Virat Kohli has been a run-machine in modern-day cricket for a long time now. However, the Indian captain is going through a rather lean phase, which has seen his century-drought being extended since November 2019. He has failed to impress with the willow as he has registered scores of 11, 72, 0, 62, 27, and 0 across six innings.

Manoj Tiwary
Manoj Tiwary. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Manoj Tiwary: Virat Kohli Should Have Left The Ball Like Rohit Sharma

Even in the ongoing India-England Tests, the 32-year-old has looked in decent touch at times, with two crucial half-centuries under his belt, but he has still not managed to cross triple figures in 2020-21.

Virat Kohli was dismissed for a duck for the second time in the series during Day 2 of the fourth and final Test in Ahmedabad. Virat Kohli was taken aback by a Ben Stokes delivery, which was pitched outside the off-stump and the Indian captain poked at it to get a thick edge and was caught neatly by the keeper.

As his struggles continue, discarded cricketer-turned-politician Manoj Tiwary opened up on Kohli’s indifferent run and begun by stating, “We all should accept the fact that the series is happening in very tough conditions.

“If we leave the first two days of the first Test when England batted in Chennai, the ball is constantly turning. The low scores are there due to the tough batting conditions and the conversion is not happening because, in challenging situations, a batsman is not set after scoring 50 runs also.”

Virat Kohli celebrates his century (100 runs) during the second day of the second Test cricket match of a two-match series between India and Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens cricket stadium in Kolkata on November 23, 2019.
Virat Kohli. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP)

He opined on Virat Kohli’s issues versus the balls pitched outside off-stump when he is new to the crease.

In this regard, Manoj Tiwary said, “But from what I have seen today, Virat should have left that ball. One should always remember the advice of batting great Sunil Gavaskar as he says that’s the batsman whether batting in the top of the middle order should always give at least half-hour to themselves to get settled on the pitch. You should know how to leave the balls. Today Rohit Sharma showed us the art of leaving the balls.”

Rohit Sharma had aggregated 345 runs averaging 57.5 in the England series. Virat Kohli had scored only 172 runs averaging a modest 28.67 which is poor by his standards. His last century came against Bangladesh in India’s first-ever day-night Test in Kolkata in November 2019.

Manoj Tiwary: Virat Kohli Should Take Clues From Rohit Sharma Reading Leaving Balls Pitched Outside Off-stump

Earlier, Manoj Tiwary lavished praise on Rohit Sharma. The senior batsman started by saying that the art of leaving balls outside off-stump has vanished from Tests. Further, he stated that Rohit Sharma is the only batsman who knows where his off-stump is. Manoj Tiwary hailed the right-handed batsman for his transformation and called him the best in the world.

“You can leave balls when you are confident about where your off-stump is. Everyone knows that sometimes there are questions about Virat Kohli’s batting as he gets confused about where his off-stump is.

“When you world’s number one batsman then you sometimes believe that you will be able to play every ball. But the way this ball bounced, Virat should have left it. Virat should take clues from Rohit Sharma regarding leaving the balls which are outside the off-stump,” Manoj Tiwary concluded. 

Rohit Sharma, India
Rohit Sharma. Image Credits: Twitter

While Virat Kohli’s bat has remained silent for a while now, Rohit Sharma has come to his usual best in whites with crucial runs at the top in the ongoing Tests versus England. So far, he has one fifty-plus score, a sedate 49, and a century up to his sleeves in the four Tests. He also breached the 1,000-run mark in the ongoing ICC Test Championship following his crucial contribution during India’s first innings of the final Test in Ahmedabad.

Rohit Sharma has been in good form in the ongoing 4 match Test series and scored a cracking century in the second Test at Chennai. His sublime 161-run knock had helped the hosts winning the game and draw level in the series.

Meanwhile, Axar Patel again claimed a 5 wicket haul as India needs 2 wickets more to wrap up the Test series and win by a 3-1 margin. England is 130/8 at the moment trailing by 30 runs. Washington Sundar was stranded on 96 while Rishabh Pant scored 101 as India managed 365 in reply to England’s 205.