Former England skipper Geoffrey Boycott wants Kohli to not think about big scores and work on his technique as ex-India captain’s struggles continues
Virat Kohli walks back after being dismissed for 11 against England at Edgbaston on Friday. Pic/AP; PTI
England batting legend Geoffrey Boycott feels there is something “certainly wrong” with Virat Kohli’s technique as the former India captain’s struggles continued in the first innings of the ongoing Edgbaston Test against England.
“He [Kohli] dragged the ball onto the stumps since he was in two minds. He should have come forward, but he could not decide how to handle it. He has to clear his mind in this regard. He is not looking fluent and should realise that when someone is not in good touch, he should be extra cautious. He has to reduce the number of mistakes, must concentrate more and value his wicket,” Boycott told mid-day on Saturday. In the second innings on Sunday, Kohli perished for 20.
Boycott, 81, who amassed 8,114 runs in 108 Tests, figured in four Test series against India on English soil—1967, 1971, 1974, 1979 during which he had three triple-figure scores, including an unbeaten 246 at Leeds in 1967. He was dropped for the next Test because the authorities thought he batted slowly.
Boycott was confident
Kohli will sort things soon. “The moment he starts doing that [concentrating], the mistakes will be minimised. He should not think about big scores. Let the targets be small, take more singles and get acclimatised. Runs will give him confidence which is essential at the moment. It’s a mental game and it’s a pity that such a big player is not among the runs,” added Boycott, who went on to express his desire to help Kohli out if he is approached him to do so.