WTC Final: Is Virat Kohli still a soft target for tall lanky pacers?: After Team India’s defeat by 8 wickets against New Zealand in the World Test Championship Final in Southampton, criticisms have poured in huge numbers bashing the Indian Team for their underperformance, especially with the bat. More so, with Virat Kohli and the company of Indian batsmen falling prey to overseas swing conditions, the batting lineup has hogged the spotlight for unfortunate reasons.
Even a just-born cricket fanatic must be familiar with Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s batting weakness that often paves to his rough trough. Yes, short of a length delivery outside off is often the favourite area for bowlers delivering to Virat Kohli. A pool of overseas players has exploited the right-handed batsmen in this vulnerable spot, especially when he just walks the pitch.
Often the resilient bowlers tempt the Indian batsman by bowling in that channel of uncertainty and wait for him to drive the ball, attempting to nap him in his grey area.
WTC Final: Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, James Anderson- regular crew of troublers for Virat Kohli
Despite representing different countries, there is a certain overlap in all these players that intrinsically haunts Kohli. Yes, their tall height has been a constant fear to Virat Kohli. Adding to the curse, these ace pacers’ resilience coupled with their ability to swing both ways often foxes Kohli.
Besides, the tall pacemen- Jason Holder and Stuart Broad have also done ruckus to the Indian batting great.
WTC Final: Virat Kohli’s record against tall pacers- a glance
- Tim Southee (New Zealand): 10
- James Anderson (England): 8
- Jason Holder (West Indies): 6
- Stuart Broad (England): 5
- Kyle Jamieson (New Zealand): 3
Though Jamieson’s number might currently look slightly on the lower side, but can potentially rise up as he nearly puppeted Virat Kohli with the ball and en-routed his way to the pavilion in both the innings of the WTC final.
WTC Final: Can Virat Kohli thrust up in the Test series against England?
With the little or no change in the conditions as Team India will clash against England for a 5-match Test series overseas starting August 4, the dread is the same. But Kohli might make a comeback- acclimatizing to swing and the acing footwork and dominate the England pacers- Anderson & Broad with all finesse.
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