'I wonder whether he lost his off-stump' - Michael Vaughan on flaw in Virat Kohli's techniques against England

With scores of 0, 42, and 20, Virat Kohli has not started his England tour of 2021 in a bright way.

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Michael Vaughan and Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

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Former England captain Michael Vaughan has given his opinion on Virat Kohli’s batting in the ongoing series in England. The Indian skipper’s batting has been a bit of a talking point as he has been dismissed in a similar fashion in all three innings he has played so far. A similar flaw was exploited by New Zealand in the World Test Championship Final in June.

According to Vaughan, Kohli is playing not keeping in mind where his off-stump is. The former English batter also noted that in 2018, when Kohli found a lot of success in England, he knew where his off-stump was. In 2014, Kohli’s technical flaws came to the surface when he had a dreadful series in England. On his next tour, he scored close to 600 runs in a five-match series.

“Really good bowling, not good batting. Virat Kohli is a better player than that. When he had success in English conditions, he knew exactly where his off-stump was. His trigger movement goes over to the off-stump and he knows where it is,” Vaughan said on BBC’s Test Match Special podcast.

He needs to get back into alignment: Michael Vaughan 

Vaughan further said that Kohli needs to get his alignment back in which his head is falling in the wrong position. The Indian captain was dismissed for a golden duck in the first Test, fishing outside the off-stump. In the first innings of the second Test, he scored 42 fluent runs, only to edge one to the slips. In the second innings at Lord’s, he poked one outside the off-stump only to be caught out again, by the wicketkeeper. 

“So far in this series, I just wonder whether he lost his off-stump because he is going over quite a long way and his head is going with him because of that, I think he thinks his off-stump is around the fourth and fifth stump line. He needs to get back into alignment,” Vaughan said. 

The former England captain also said that Kohi is doing exactly what England wants him to do. By this, he meant that England wants him to play when the ball is sort of on the fourth stump line and Kohli has been found guilty of doing so in recent times.