Virat Kohli is scoring runs but he's not imposing or dominating like before: Aakash Chopra
Kohli has been scoring fifties over the last couple of years but is yet to score a century since November 2019.
Virat Kohli is arguably the best batter in modern-day cricket as he has been on the top across formats. However, the batting megastar has been going through a rough patch for the last couple of years and even though he has been scoring half-centuries consistently, he has not been able to convert them into three-figure scores. His last century had come during the pink-ball Test match against Bangladesh at the iconic Eden Gardens in November 2019.
Meanwhile, cricketer-turned-cricket pundit Aakash Chopra has said that Kohli should be an ‘enforcer’ instead of just accumulating runs. The Delhi cricketer would be playing under the new limited-overs skipper Rohit Sharma for the very first time in the upcoming home series against the West Indies starting February 6.
“From a personal and individual standpoint, you want to convert those 50s into 100s because you’ve got to save something for the rainy days as well. He’s not going through a bad patch of form, so to speak, in terms of runs, but when you see him bat, you don’t see the same Virat Kohli.
He’s not imposing, he’s not dominating, he’s still scratching around, he’s scoring those runs and that’s what all great players do – we saw Sachin, Rahul – we’ve seen them accumulate runs, but he’s (Virat Kohli) not an accumulator, he’s an enforcer but he’s not there yet,” said Chopra while speaking on Star Sports show ‘Game Plan’.
Virat Kohli has to be a part of the same philosophy, says Aakash Chopra
As Virat Kohli will be playing under the ‘Hitman’ for the very first time, the former Indian Test batter has said that the latter will look to dominate but, the ex-skipper needs to have a different philosophy in place as he no longer has the captaincy burden.
“But the one thing I actually want to see, is now Rohit Sharma will have his stamp of authority and the brand of cricket that he wants to play. Virat Kohli has to be a part of the same philosophy”, Chopra added. Free from captaincy, the 33-year-old would be hoping to rediscover his lost mojo on the 22 yards in the upcoming white-ball series against the Caribbeans as the wait for the 71st international century continues.