India skipper Virat Kohli has certainly showed the glimpse of his talent and proved his mettle all around the globe. Whether, he is playing in Asia, Africa, England or Australia, Kohli has been a dominant force.
But every batsman goes through a rough patch Kohli has faced a similar situation twice. The first one came in 2014 in England while the other in New Zealand earlier this year.
Well, talking to Mayank Agarwal for the BCCI, Kohli revealed that during the 2014 tour of England , the right-handed batsman was pretty nervous. He ended up with a total of 134 runs in 5 matches.
“If I say I wasn’t nervous in 2014, I would be lying. I was very nervous before the first Test started. 2014 was a milestone in my career from where I thought things might go bad from there. I sat back and changed a few things, the way I thought the game, the way I approached the game, and played the game. I started being more fearless,” said Kohli.
“I came back and studied the footage. In this age, bowlers find your weaknesses so quickly and start targetting the area you are uncomfortable with. I spoke to Sachin-paaji and had a few sessions with him in Mumbai. I was focusing on the hip position but he made me realise the importance of big strides and forward press against the fast bowlers,” he said.
“Ravi called me to his room with a bat. After his suggestions, I started standing outside the crease. He explained the mindset behind it. You should be in control of the space you are playing in and not to give the bowler so many opportunities to get you out.”
But the captain did turn his fortunes the next time he visited the European nation and amassed a total of 593 runs in 5 matches during the 2018 tour.
He has become one of the most successful batsmen in world cricket now. Kohli is the only Indian batsman to have scored 7 double tons in Test cricket. He has so far scored 7240 runs in 86 matches at an average of 53.6 including 27 centuries to his name.