India beat New Zealand in Hyderabad ODI to take 1-0 lead in series
Virat Kohli, who scored a century in the last ODI, was dismissed after scoring 8 runs.
Kohli will have to find a solution to his age-old problem before the Australia series
New Delhi. For the last few years, one thing was being discussed again and again in Indian cricket that when will the drought of Virat Kohli’s centuries end? Last year, he ended this wait by hitting a century against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup and in 2023, he started with a bang by hitting two centuries in 3 ODIs. Seeing this form of his, it seems that Kohli has returned to the old color. Even though centuries have started coming out of his bat. There is still a problem or weakness that is not leaving him and Kohli will soon have to find some solution to this problem.
This problem of Virat Kohli was also seen in Hyderabad ODI against New Zealand. After hitting 166 not out in his last ODI, it was expected from Kohli that he would be able to repeat the same performance against New Zealand. But, this did not happen. Virat got out after scoring just 8 runs.
He was dismissed by New Zealand spinner Mitchell Santner. On reading this ball of Santner, Virat got upset and tried to defend on the backfoot. But, the ball spun and his off stump disintegrated. After his dismissal like this, it became clear once again that he is having trouble playing left-arm spin bowlers.
15 times the left-arm spinner hunted Kohli
If we look at the figures from 2020, Virat Kohli has been dismissed against left-arm spin bowlers a total of 15 times, including all three formats. During this, the left-arm spinner has hunted him 3 times in T20, 6 times in ODIs and the same number of times in Tests. In this period, South African left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj and Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan have dismissed him 2-2 times in ODIs. Apart from this, Mitchell Santner and Tabrez Shamsi have also fallen prey to Kohli once each. Out of this, 90 percent of the times the finger spinner has dismissed him.
Why is the left-arm spinner troubling Kohli?
Virat Kohli has been the victim of the left-arm spinner in Tests 6 times since 2020. At the moment, the reason for this seems to be that he is not able to gauge the length of the ball. In the Chattogram Test played in the last Test series against Bangladesh, Kohli was clean bowled by left-arm spinner Taijul Islam. He could not gauge the length of the ball properly and got bowled while trying to play on the backfoot. He got out in the same way against Santner in Hyderabad ODI.
Last year, Sri Lankan spinner Lasith Ambuldenia had also thrashed Kohli in a similar fashion in the Mohali Test. The opposing teams have come to know about this weakness of Virat. That’s why all the teams which have left arm spinners. He hands him the ball against Kohli in the very beginning.
Kohli will have to overcome this weakness soon. Because India’s next big test is at home from Australia. The Kangaroo team will also bring left-arm spinner Ashton Agar to India and the Australian team also knows this weakness of Kohli. In such a situation, Virat will have to find a way to deal with it soon.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 19, 2023, 08:47 IST