There are some chinks in Kohli’s batting against spinners, opines VVS Laxman
In this light, former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman has shifted our focus on Kohli's weakness against spin.
Updated - Apr 5, 2019 1:54 pm
In the ongoing IPL 2019, the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain has been able to amass only 78 runs from four games at a dismal average of 19.50 at a less than 100 strike rate. This has also exposed one of Virat Kohli’s rare weaknesses as a batsman. As great a batter the Indian captain is in limited-overs International Cricket, his form in the IPL is often questionable. In this light, former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman has shifted our focus on Kohli’s weakness against spin.
Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore are yet to up their ranks from the bottom-most position in the points table this season. The side which boasts of not only Virat Kohli but also the great AB de Villiers has never won any IPL season since it began in 2008 and have runners up once.
With as many as 41 ODI hundreds in his account, the world-class Kohli has been found coping against the spinners quite a few times in International Cricket. That weakness has been carried forward to the marquee T20 league and now the RCB have faced as many as four defeats. Yes, they’re winless in this edition of the Indian Premier League while all other teams have at least won one game.
Laxman is sure Kohli will work out the problem against spinners
Former batting great and SRH mentor, VVS Laxman discussed this concern about Kohli’s batting. He told India Today “Well, I think there are some chinks because it is not the first time they’ve (spinners) got him, especially with the googlies. I remember last year too Mujeeb, Zampa and Markande got Virat out. In fact, Shreyas got his wicket before as well. I am sure that is something which Virat will be mindful of. Any pattern that Virat gets out in, he works quite hard on it.”
“The biggest example of that is the England series. He had a miserable series there in 2013 but the way he bounced back, scoring close to 600 runs on last tour, shows what kind of player he is. He is a special player and I am sure he will work this out as well,” the veteran batsman added.