Poor form of Virat Kohli worrying sign for India

Virat Kohli is certainly the most prolific batsman in the current Indian squad. But the naturally aggressive batsman's current form must be giving Indian skipper MS Dhoni sleepless nights, as the biggest cricketing extravaganza – ICC World Cup – is just round the corner.

By Chaitan Papnai | Last Updated: Oct 09, 2014, 18:37 PM IST
Poor form of Virat Kohli worrying sign for India

New Delhi: Virat Kohli is certainly the most prolific batsman in the current Indian squad. But the naturally aggressive batsman's current form must be giving Indian skipper MS Dhoni sleepless nights, as the biggest cricketing extravaganza – ICC World Cup – is just round the corner.

Poor patch of the Delhi lad started during the last tour, when India visited England for a long sojourn, to play five Tests, four ODIs and one-off T20. Kohli struggled throughout the tour, especially while facing the English seamers.

But in home conditions, against an average looking West Indian attack, everyone was expecting Kohli to regain his lost form before the tough tour Down Under kicks-off in December. However, during the opening match of the five-match ODI series against West Indies, the 25-year-old once again failed to make an impact with the willow.

While chasing the imposing target of 321 runs, the stylish right-hander came to the middle, when India lost their first wicket in the form of Ajinkya Rahane, who got run out after providing India a decent start. And as Kohli joined Shikhar Dhawan, most of his fans would have expected him to play a match-wining knock, as the situation demanded.

The stage was set, but in the tenth over bowled by speedster Jerome Taylor, Kohli tried to play a defensive shot but got a thick edge of his bat and Darren Sammy took a sharp catch at first slip. Kohli only managed to score two runs off the five balls he faced before he took a long walk towards the pavilion.

The new 'run-machine' of India got out at slip cordon, more often than not, in the seaming English conditions. But if he is getting got in similar fashion on placid sub-continent tracks, then there must be a major flaw in his batting technique, which the seamers are exploiting.

As the ICC World Cup is few months away, mainstay of Indian batting line up – Kohli – should work on his technique, which is troubling him dearly, to get back his lost confidence and form and help India defend the coveted title.