Indian skipper Virat Kohli is arguably the best batsmen of the modern era. However, the skipper has failed to work his charm in recent times as he has not hit a century in any format of the game since 2019. Kohli also failed to make any significant contribution to India’s scoreboard in the just-concluded final of the World Test Championship.
Though the Indian skipper got a good start in the first innings of the WTC final, he failed to convert it into a big knock. India’s former batting coach Sanjay Bangar was recently involved in an interaction where he spoke at length about Kohli.
Bangar believes that Kohli will be looking forward to end his century drought in the upcoming five-match Test series against England, starting from August 4. The veteran added that the 32-year-old gets a different level of job satisfaction while playing the longest format of the game as compared to the ODIs and T20Is.
“He has already scored close to 7,500 Test runs, and this is a format where he just simply gives it his all. It’s not that he doesn’t value T20I or ODI cricket; he plays with equal intensity, but the job satisfaction that he derives – because this is the toughest format,” Bangar said on Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected.
“In modern times, because there are no dead rubbers, every Test match is valued. This means that whatever is on offer – from a batting perspective – is always challenging for the batsman. So, to excel in each and every Test match, and obviously, to get over the drought of the three-figure – which may have been playing on his mind – I think this is something that he would look ahead to.”
Sanjay further added that Virat showed signs of brilliance in the first innings of the WTC final and looked in good rhythm. “The way he batted in the first innings was a clear indication of the kind of touch and the kind of rhythm he was in. So, I think it augurs well for the Indian team,” he added.
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