“Mental Issue Behind It”: Misbah-ul-Haq On Virat Kohli’s Extended Lean Patch. Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has spoken about Virat Kohli’s form and what he needs to do.
With Rohit Sharma out, the Indian cricket team will rely heavily on seniors such as Virat Kohli against England in the Edgbaston Test, which begins on Friday. Kohli, on the other hand, enters the match after a lengthy slump that has left him without a three-figure score since November of this year. The former Pakistan captain went on to analyze what went wrong with Kohli over the last two and a half years. In Rohit Sharma’s absence, Jasprit Bumrah will lead the Indian team in the rescheduled fifth Test, with Rishabh Pant as his deputy.
“When there are too many noises in your head, your mind-body coordination, which allows you to react and play the ball, is disrupted. That automation is affected regardless of how good you are. It’s entirely natural. Despite their greatness, people sometimes complicate it. In general, we talk about Virat Kohli chasing the ball away from the off-stump and nicking it at fourth or fifth stumps. We see the technical flaw, but why is he doing it? There’s a mental issue at work here “Misbah stated this during a discussion on the ICA Sports YouTube channel
“He is attempting to assert himself. Virat Kohli has an ego and believes that he must dominate. But what is happening is that you are over-trying somewhere. You leave your comfort zone. The pressure is increasing. There is only one way out of it: get out of the high-pressure situation. I can speak about my personal experience. It has happened to me a couple of times. I returned to play club cricket. It makes no difference what quality of bowlers you face; once you score runs, the automation returns.”
India’s Test squad:
Jasprit Bumrah (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohd Shami, Mayank Agarwal, Mohd Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Mayank Agarwal