Asia Cup 2022: Wouldn’t have come this far in international cricket without ability to counter situations, says Virat Kohli
Asia Cup 2022: He doesn’t find any particular pattern to his prolonged slump in form unlike 2014, but Virat Kohli‘s success in international cricket over such a long period of time would not have been possible without his resilience in the face of adversity.
The former India captain feels that there isn’t much room for course correction despite the fact that he has gone nearly three years without scoring an international hundred across all formats.
The reason for this is that he isn’t experiencing any specific technical issues, such the one he did during the 2014 England tour when he was prodding deliveries on the off-stump channel.
“I know where my game stands and you cannot run this far in your international career without having the ability to counter situations and counter conditions and counter different kinds of bowling. So, this for me, is an easier phase to process, but I don’t want to put this phase behind me,” Kohli said on Star Sports show ‘Game Plan’.
He then explained how a pattern of dismissals on that tour was discovered. And how, after technical improvements, the 2018 tour saw nearly 600 runs scored.
“What happened in England was a pattern. So something that I could work on and something that I had to kind of overcome. Right now, as you rightly mentioned, there is nothing that you can point out saying that the problem is happening here,” Kohli noted.
But recently, Kohli has been dismissed in a variety of ways. Including by rising deliveries, fuller balls, swinging deliveries, cutters, off-spin, leg-spin, and left-arm spin.
When there are no patterns, in his opinion, that is the best thing that could have happened.
“So, that for me, is actually an easier thing to process. Because I know that I’m batting well and at times. When I start feeling that rhythm back, then I know that I’m batting well.
“So, that for me is not an issue, which wasn’t the case in England (2014). I didn’t feel like I was batting well at all. So, I had to work hard on one thing that could be exposed again and again which I overcame; right now this is not the case,” he added.
The ups and downs that come with being a professional athlete are something Kohli is aware of as he prepares for the Asia Cup.
“I know there are ups and downs. And when I come out of this phase, I know how consistent I can be. My experiences are sacred to me,” he said.
“Whatever I have experienced in this phase or in the past, as well one thing that I can
“So, this for me, is an easier phase to process, but I don’t want to put this phase behind me. I want to learn from it and I want to understand what are the core values. That I have, as a sportsperson and as a human being,” he added.