"Mental issue behind his failure" -Former Pakistan skipper makes a big claim on Virat Kohli's batting struggles
India will lock horns with England in the fifth and final Test match at Edgbaston, Birmingham. And with India's top two run-getters, Rohit Sharam and KL Rahul, not available in the team, all the responsibility will depend mainly on the former Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, who is himself struggling with his batting form.
Virat, who hasn't touched the three-figure mark since November 2019, also didn't have a good performance in the recently concluded edition of the Indian Premier League. On the other hand, in the absence of Rohit Sharma, India's ace pacer, Jasprit Bumrah, will lead the Indian side against England in the rescheduled Test.
Many former cricketers across the globe have shared their opinion on the form of Virat. Now former Pakistani skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has also opened up and shared his view. In a discussion on the ICA Sports YouTube channel, Misbah said that it happens to everyone when there are so many things in your head and the coordination between body and mind gets broken.
He also added that it even affects the mindset of great players like Virat Kohli. He also pointed out that that is the reason we see the former Indian skipper chasing the wide ball outside off stump and getting out. Misbah added, "We see the technical fault, but why is he doing that? There's mental issue behind it."
The former Pakistani skipper also said that Virat has the ego and pride to dominate the game. But he is trying too hard and that is the reason the pressure is increasing on him. Furthermore, Misbah said that the former Indian skipper can only get out of this situation if he moves away from the pressure.
He also pointed out that the same situation happened to him as well in his career, so he went back to playing club cricket. Concluding the discussion, Misbah said, " It doesn't matter what quality of bowlers you are facing, at the back of mind that automation comes back once you score runs."
The Indian test team is leading the series 2-1 with the final match to be played on Friday. Virat scored a 50+ score in the warm-up match against Leicestershire. So it will be interesting to see how he goes with the business and performs against England.
Many things depend on him in this match. He captained the side in the first four matches and scored 218 runs at an average of 31.14.