Indian captain Virat Kohli recently revealed how Ravi Shastri’s advice helped him to move on from the 2014 England tour – one of his worst tours. He also credited the present Indian Head Coach for his successful performances in the 2018 England tour.
While Virat Kohli has set the greatest example of consistent batting in every format, the right-handed batsman had horrific experiences during the 2014 England tour. He struggled that entire tour and the picture was horrific especially in the five-match Test series.
Kohli scored only 134 runs in that Test series with an average of just 13.40, including his best knock 39 runs. His only 50+ score in that tour was 66 runs during the only T20I match, while his scores in the ODI matches during that tour were 0, 40, 1* and 13 runs.
After that struggling tour, while Kohli went to Sachin Tendulkar to talk about his batting, he also spent some crucial times with then-Director of the Indian national cricket team Ravi Shastri. Shastri pointed out his issue in the batting and advised to stand outside the crease, and Kohli worked hard on that.
During a recent discussion with the Indian opener Mayank Agarwal on the BCCI website, Kohli said, “After the 2014 tour (England series) he (Ravi Shastri) called me and Shikhar Dhawan in his room. He told me something which I started practising which is standing outside the crease. He explained the mindset behind it that you should be in control of the space, you’re playing in. And not give the bowlers so many opportunities to get you out. So many dismissals get taken out when you’re standing outside of the crease.”
Virat Kohli won the Player of the Series award at the end of the Test series in the 2018 England tour
Later, Kohli had totally different experience during the 2018 England tour. In that tour, Kohli finished as the most run-scorer and won the Player of the Series award along with the English player Sam Curran. He scored 593 runs in the five-match Test series with an average of 59.30, including two centuries and three fifties. In that same tour, Kohli was the second-most run-scorer in the three-match ODI series (191 runs) and also scored 110 runs in the three-match T20I series.
Before a tour game of that England tour, Shastri once again discussed with Kohli about his batting issues.
Kohli revealed, “First net session we had before a tour game, I was practising something different and then he asked me again why are you not standing outside the crease and then I remembered. I forgot because it was all to do with playing in the most difficult conditions in the world.”
Before that Test series, skipper Kohli scored 68 runs in a three-day tour game. It gave him enough confidence which led him to achieve the big success in that Test series.