Virat’s cover trip: “His strength is also his weakness”

For the 10th consecutive test inning overseas, Virat Kohli got out and chased supplies outside the tree stump. After the game of the day, India’s hitting coach Vikram Rathour suggested that the skipper should be more careful when choosing balls.

If Lungi got Ngidi Kohli to play off his body in the first innings, this time it was rookie pacer Marco Jansen who got him. On both occasions Kohli had played himself in and wanted to stay in control. For two years on the spin, India’s best hitter failed to score a Test hundred. If 2020, hit by the pandemic, had very little long-form cricket, Kohli played 11 Tests in 2021.

The cover drive was his trademark and Rathour helped the captain continue with it. “This is the shot that gives him many runs, that is his shot on goal. So he has to play that punch and I think it’s always your strength that turns out to be your weakness too. When you play this recording is the part that is always debated; Was it the right ball, was it the right stage to play that shot? If we can tighten our schedule a bit, that’s better, ”said Rathour at the press conference after the day.

In 2003-2004, during his 241 against Australia in Sydney, Sachin Tendulkar avoided the cover drive entirely and instead drove towards the center to lift the ambush and cordon. But Rathour assisted Kohli to play the shot but suggested caution. “That’s the shot he plays well. This is the shot that he uses to get a lot of runs. So he has to keep playing that shot. But sometimes he has to get better balls. “