Ind vs Eng: Sachin Tendulkar breaks his silence on Virat Kohli’s form, stresses the importance of feet movement

IND vs ENG: Sachin Tendulkar lament Virat Kohli' lack of footwork as a key reason behind his struggle in the England series this summer.
IND vs ENG: Sachin Tendulkar lament Virat Kohli' lack of footwork as a key reason behind his struggle in the England series this summer.

Ind vs Eng: Sachin Tendulkar breaks his silence on Virat Kohli’s form, stresses the importance of feet movement – Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar has broken his silence over Virat Kohli’s form suggesting that the Team India captain is “overcompensating” after a poor start to the series. Kohli’s form has dipped over the past couple of years and he has managed scores of 44, 13, 0, 42, and 20 in his last four innings in England. India has taken a 1-0 lead after registering a 151-run win at Lord’s. But, Kohli needs to get among the runs as the series is wide open with three matches left.

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Speaking to PTI after India’s epic win at Lord’s, Tendulkar stated that Kohli’s poor form is more about his state of mind than technique. “Virat hasn’t had a great start. It is the mind that leads to technical errors and if the start isn’t good, you start thinking about a lot of things. Because anxiety levels are high, you tend to overcompensate for your movements. When a batsman isn’t in good form you either go too far across or don’t move your feet at all. That happens to everyone. Form is also your state of mind along with the body working in harmony,” the batting legend said.

India vs England: Virat Kohli’s poor form

Indian skipper’s lean phase with the willow has been a cause of concern as it’s been 629 days since Kohli hit his last international century.

In fact, in 2021, Kohli has an average of just 25.44 in the 9 outings he has done for India. His last 15 innings numbers are all the more disappointing which include 3 ducks and 3 single-digit scores.

Virat Kohli overall record in England: 

13 25 0 846 149 33.84 1609 52.57 2 3 4 90 1

 

Virat Kohli Since 2020:

season 2020/21 5 8 0 250 74 31.25 560 44.64 0 3 2 28 0
season 2021 3 5 0 119 44 23.80 296 40.20 0 0 1 8 0

Virat Kohli last 10 innings

  1. 72 off 104 vs England @Chennai
  2. 0 off five vs England @Chennai
  3. 62 off 149 vs England @Chennai
  4. 27 off 58 vs England @Ahmedabad
  5. 0 off 8 vs England @Ahmedabad
  6. 44 off 132 vs New Zealand @Southhampton
  7. 13 off 29 vs New Zealand @Southhampton
  8. 0 off 2 vs England @Nottingham
  9. 42 off 103 vs England @Lord’s
  10. 20 off 31 vs England @Lord’s

Ind vs Eng: Tendulkar had played a huge part in helping Kohli recover from his disastrous 2014 tour of England, where he managed just 134 runs in five Tests. Tendulkar worked on his technique and corrected it during the 2018 tour. But problems have resurfaced again in the ongoing 2021 India vs England series. India’s middle-order has been in the face of scrutiny for some time due to their lack of runs, and Kohli will look to follow Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajnika Rahane who bounced back into form with valuable contributions.

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Pujara and Rahane bided time at the crease on Day 4, scoring timely knocks of 45 and 61 respectively. Tendulkar lavished praise on the duo saying that their 100-run partnership kept India in the race. “They played a very crucial role considering that we were effectively 28 for 3 when they came together. Two more quick wickets and we would have been 60 for 5 and dynamics would have been completely different. They stabilised the innings. The idea was to do what was good for the team and they did that. While doing so, the rest of the things get taken care of, ” Tendulkar said. 

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