Former Pakistani cricketer Ramiz Raja has explained that Virat Kohli can learn from the way KL Rahul hit the moving ball with soft hands under severe hitting conditions. The Indian skipper Kohli was fired by his archenemy James Anderson for a first ball duck. The sacking followed Cheteshwar Pujara’s wicket, which brought England back to the friendly.
Having dominated bowling on the 2018 England Tour, Kohli was expected to make a stroke in that direction. Hopes were dashed, however, when Kohli pulled a fairly harmless delivery outside on his very first ball to leave India in a difficult situation. KL Rahul, on the other hand, was firmly at one end, and Ramiz Raja believes that Rahul’s gentle-handed approach must be copied by Kohli.
“When KL beat Rahul, his game was right on target. He approached the ball, knew where its stump was. So batsmen must hit in such conditions. Sometimes great players can learn from younger ones too. Virat Kohli can also learn from the way Rahul struck with soft hands. Kohli is not allowed to play with hard hands in the series. He has to take time to settle in” he noticed.
“Pujara’s footwork is weak” – Ramiz Raja
Cheteshwar Pujara also fell on Anderson after adding just four runs to the grand total. Although he fell on a very good performance, it was a lack of footwork that cost him his wicket, which has been bothering the Saurashtra batsman for a while, said Ramiz.
“Cheteshwar Pujara looked unsafe in the middle and landed a ball outside the stump. Both the supplies [to Kohli and Pujara] were very good, but Pujara’s footwork is weak. He gets out too often while standing by the crease. He has to use the shoulder and arms to get on the forefoot, which causes him to lose control.“Said Ramiz.
At the end of limited rain day 2 India was 125/4, 58 runs behind England in the first innings with Rahul and Rishabh pants at the fold. Go inside Day 3, they will try to build a partnership to ensure that the fragile lower order is not exposed too soon.