Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics
Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics

Former India player Sanjay Manjrekar has suggested to Virat Kohli to trust his back-foot game more to get back his form. Virat Kohli’s lean patch has become a talking point of the town and everyone is giving him some suggestion or the other. If lack of runs for him wasn’t a big enough concern, his dismissals with the same pattern would have made Indian think-tank worried.

In the first test at Centurion, he got out in a similar fashion in both the innings. In the first innings, he chased a wide delivery off the bowling of Lungi Ngidi while in the second innings, he did the same in the very first delivery after lunch off the bowling of debutant Marco Jansen.

"I Wouldn’t Advice Him Leaving Balls Outside Off-Stump"- Sanjay Manjrekar Advises Virat Kohli To Trust His Back-Foot Game More 1

Sanjay Manjrekar Opens Up On Virat’s Poor Run Of Form

Many experts advised him to stop playing the cover drive as Sachin Tendulkar famously did it once against Australia as the master blaster scored unbeaten 241 at Sydney without playing a single cover drive. However, Sanjay Manjrekar feels that this tactic won’t work for Virat as it’s one of the scoring shots for him but he advises him to use the crease a little more to play on back-foot.

“Clearly, a guy who is going through an inevitable bad patch. You start losing confidence and then all got confused. I’m sure there is lot of advice coming in his direction on leaving the balls outside the off-stump. But then, he might be thinking if he starts leaving those balls, where do I get those runs? Because the cover drive is one of his main shots,” Sanjay Manjrekar said in a chat with ESPNcricinfo.

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Virat Kohli[photo: Twitter]
“Something that I noticed for a year and a half, is the technique that Virat Kohli has started to trust, which is about lunging forward and getting onto that front foot no matter what. And that is hindering a lot of his batting. If you look at the strike rate in the last year or so, against New Zealand in WTC to the first innings in South Africa, 30-40. It is all to do because he is only playing on the front foot.” he added.

Manjrekar insisted that batting with extra caution won’t solve the problem and advised him to use depth of the crease to play back-foot shots against these tall bowlers from South Africa.

“I wouldn’t advise him leaving balls outside off-stump. Maybe just the one thing he can do is start getting on the backfoot a little and not be a batter who is on the front foot no matter what. It makes the bowler’s job a lot easier. If he starts using the crease, he will find that he will get a lot of loose balls. Otherwise, tall fast bowlers on these pitches just keep hitting the deck and those turn out to be great bowls for Virat Kohli because he uses that front foot,” said Manjrekar.

The second test between India and South Africa will begin on Monday in Johannesburg. Kohli’s record at this venue is quite brilliant as he scored 310 runs in 4 test innings with one hundred and two fifties.

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