Virat Kohli is a typical Asian player, he’s vulnerable against controlled outswing: Aaqib Javed

Virat Kohli is a typical Asian player, he’s vulnerable against controlled outswing: Aaqib Javed

In the ongoing Test series against England, Virat has scored 124 runs at an average of 24.80.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

Former Pakistan fast bowler Aaqib Javed said that Virat Kohli’s attributes as a batter resemble that of a “typical Asian player”. The veteran said that the Indian skipper tends to strain in conditions where the cherry seams and swings around for a prolonged period of time.

In the ongoing five-match Test series against England, the 32-year-old Virat has strained to find his rhythm. In the first three games, Kohli managed only 124 runs at an average of 24.80 and has got out poking outside the off-stump plenty of times.

Javed said that while succeeding in Australia isn’t an issue for Kohli, scoring runs in England and South Africa has been arduous for the Indian captain. Javed put forth his views in a conversation with Paktv.tv’s YouTube channel.

“Kohli is a typical Asian player, he can be successful in Australia. But in places like England and South Africa or anywhere where the ball swings or seams, he’ll chase the ball as he’s vulnerable against the controlled outswing,” Javed said.

Root’s air-tight technique makes him safer than Kohli: Aaqib Javed

Kohli’s opposite number, Joe Root, on the contrary, has had a dream run in the series. Root is currently the leading run-scorer, having amassed 507 runs at an average of 126.75 with three tons and one half-century. Javed said that Root’s technique in seaming conditions is sounder than Kohli’s.

”Joe Root’s air-tight technique in these tough conditions make him safer than Kohli as he knows how to play the ball late,” he stated.

Javed also stated that subcontinent batters are used to hit the ball through the line when the ball doesn’t swing a whole lot. Moreover, Javed mentioned that batters from the SENA countries find it tough to counter quality spin.

“Cricketing ecology plays a very big role in the development of a player. In England, the ball keeps swinging early in the season. Then towards the end, it does tend to spin too. So, players get used to playing it the tough way,” Javed quipped.

“Players from the subcontinent ooze flair because they don’t care much about the ball moving around as they hit it through the line. Whereas, players from SENA can play the moving ball well. But once it starts to turn and keep low, they flatten out as well,” he added.