'Don't Think He Needs Lot Of Practice': IND Batting Coach Defends Virat Kohli's Lack Of Preparation Before 1st Test vs SA

'Don't Think He Needs Lot Of Practice': IND Batting Coach Defends Virat Kohli's Lack Of Preparation Before 1st Test vs SA

Virat Kohli didn't take part in the only three-day intra-squad practice game played at Tuks Oval in Pretoria and only had one net session before the Boxing Day Test.

PTIUpdated: Tuesday, December 26, 2023, 10:22 PM IST
article-image

Virat Kohli came into the Centurion Test with only one proper net session on Christmas eve but India batting coach Vikram Rathour categorical said that at this stage of his career, the former captain doesn't need to train a lot.

Kohli didn't take part in the only three-day intra-squad practice game played at Tuks Oval in Pretoria and had taken prior permission to meet his family in UK for a mini four-day vacation.

Rabada gets the better of Kohli

On a Centurion pitch that offered a lot of bounce, Kohli looked in good touch for his 38 before Kagiso Rabada's late away swinger squared him up as India finished the rain-hit Day-1 on 208 for eight.

"The stage of his career Virat (Kohli) is, I don't think he needs a lot of practice," Rathour said after the end of opening day's play of the first Test against South Africa here on Tuesday.

"He bats a lot and trains a lot. So, if he practiced a few days less, doesn't matter much. We saw, how well he was playing. It didn't seem he was away from red ball cricket for six months. It's a good sign," the former India opener said.

Rahul is our 'Crisis Man'

KL Rahul has once again stood tall amid ruins and Rathour couldn't stop praising the senior batter.

"Rahul is turning out to be man of crisis for us. Every time, there are tough situations, he is the guy who handles it well for us. Nothing special, he was clear with his game plans, defended the right balls, attacked the right ones," Rathour said.

Track was always going to be challenging

Rathour reckoned that overnight rain, drop in temperature and the track being under cover for one-and-half days added to the degree of difficulty the batters faced.

"It was always going to be challenging. The weather was an issue. The wicket was under cover for a day or more than that. It was always going to be challenging as batting group. We would have loved to have couple of more wickets in hand. But we have done reasonably well," he defended.

"Post lunch, Rabada bowled an exceptional spell. We have to try and add as many runs as possible but as we have seen historically, this wicket deteriorates," he reasoned.

RECENT STORIES

‘Garden Mein Ghumo Mat Nahin Toh’: Rohit Sharma Repeats His Famous Line From ENG Test Series...

‘Garden Mein Ghumo Mat Nahin Toh’: Rohit Sharma Repeats His Famous Line From ENG Test Series...

'He Is Not Admitting It': Simon Doull Accuses MI Skipper Hardik Pandya Of Hiding An Injury Amid IPL...

'He Is Not Admitting It': Simon Doull Accuses MI Skipper Hardik Pandya Of Hiding An Injury Amid IPL...

'Khaane De Na Mere Ko': Virat Kohli Snubs His Strict Fitness Regime As Hilarious Video Goes Viral

'Khaane De Na Mere Ko': Virat Kohli Snubs His Strict Fitness Regime As Hilarious Video Goes Viral

'It Was A Total Of ₹64,000': CSK Fan Purchases Tickets On Black To Watch MS Dhoni But Is Yet To...

'It Was A Total Of ₹64,000': CSK Fan Purchases Tickets On Black To Watch MS Dhoni But Is Yet To...

'He Should Get Fined': Adam Gilchrist Hits Out At Rishabh Pant For Arguing With Umpire In LSG vs DC...

'He Should Get Fined': Adam Gilchrist Hits Out At Rishabh Pant For Arguing With Umpire In LSG vs DC...