Michael Vaughan said that Indian skipper Virat Kohli is still in supreme form – and once he gets a hundred, he will go on to get 3-4 more.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan said that there is no reason for the Indian fans or anyone to worry about his form.
Michael Vaughan Don’t See India Being Able To Win Without Virat Kohli Factor
Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, played a scintillating 89-run innings against Australia in the 2nd ODI during his team’s 390-run chase in Sydney on Sunday. But a sensational catch from Moises Henriques at short-midwicket ended his stay, and he failed to get his first hundred of the year.
Virat Kohli has scored four fifties in 8 ODIs in 2020 – but has not been able to convert it into a hundred.
During a discussion on Virat Kohli’s missed hundreds, Michael Vaughan said:-
“The one thing I don’t worry about with Virat Kohli is his batting. There is no concern about his batting whatsoever. He is a wonderful player, he’s the best of the era across the formats, there is no doubts about that,” Vaughan said during a chat on Cricbuzz.
“I worry about those three Tests that India have without him. I don’t see India being able to win those Tests without the Virat Kohli factor. He is that important for that Test team. His 100s will come.
“Once he gets one, probably he would get 3-or-4 together, he’s that good. His movements are great, his mindset and his eyes – you can see it when he’s really concentrated. He got out to that extraordinary catch at midwicket,” he added.
Ajinkya Rahane will lead India in the last 3 tests in Virat Kohli’s absence. Cheteshwar Pujara who scored 521 runs in the last tour in 2018-19 when India won maiden test series will also be present. That time Australia were missing services of Steve Smith and David Warner for serving one year ban for alleged ball-tampering. David Warner, though, may miss the first Test with an injury suffered during fielding in 2nd ODI.
Michael Vaughan: Virat Kohli Never Ever Looks Out Of Touch
In 19 matches and 34 innings against Australia, Virat Kohli has 1604 runs averaging 48.61 with 7 hundreds-his most against a single opponent in tests.
In Australia, in 12 matches and 23 innings, he has racked up 1274 runs averaging 55.39 with 6 centuries with 3 coming in Adelaide. Except for Brisbane, he averages more than 50 in every ground.
“In 24 innings, I have kind of seen Virat so closely, I never ever worry about his batting. He may get out, but he never ever looks out of touch. Some guys when they get out of touch look like they are batting with a toothpick, Virat Kohli has not got to the toothpick stage. His bat is about that wide,” Vaughan signed off.
India will play the 3rd ODI against Australia on Wednesday after losing the first two matches.