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Sunil Gavaskar says Virat Kohli has developed an anxiety to play at every delivery

CricketSunil Gavaskar says Virat Kohli has developed an anxiety to play at every delivery

Srinagar: India batting great Sunil Gavaskar has pointed out major mistake that out of for star batsman Virat Kohli has been doing that contributes to batters lean patch of runs.

Gavaskar has said that due to lack of runs, Kohli has developed anxiety to play every delivery.

In the recent second and third one-day internationals against England, Kohli had nicked off against Reece Topley and David Willey respectively in quite a similar fashion. He had recorded scores of 16 and 17.

He couldn’t score much in the T20Is and had nicked off in the only Test match against England at Edgbaston.

Kohli’s lean patch has now extended upto 79 innings as he last scored an international hundred in 2019 against Bangladesh.

“Having been an opening batter, having been troubled by that line, there are certain things that you try and do.” Gavaskar told India Today.

“It goes back to the fact that his first mistake turns out to be his last. Again, just because he is not amongst the runs, there is this anxiety to play at every delivery because that is what batters feel, they have got to score.

“You look to play at deliveries that you otherwise won’t. But he has gotten out to good deliveries as well on this particular tour.”

Meanwhile India’s all-format captain Rohit Sharma has backed Kohli to come back stronger by saying that he [Kohli] doesn’t need any reassurance.

“He [Kohli] has played so many matches. He is playing for so many years. He is such a great batsman, so he does not need reassurance,” said Rohit in a press conference after England’s second ODI.

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