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Sanjay Bangar Wants Virat Kohli to Work on Backfoot Game

Sanjay Bangar Wants Virat Kohli to Work on Backfoot Game
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Former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar has an observation for Virat Kohli. He recently pointed out that batter relies more on his front-foot shot nowadays that gives him trouble against top bowling attacks. “But for me, he relies on driving the ball. Against quicker attacks on seaming pitches, you require one more game. You can’t only rely on the front foot shots. If he only relies on that particular shot, the bowlers will continue to drag him wider and wider and hope they find the outside edge.”

After Kohli’s dismissal on 35 in the ongoing Test against South Africa, Bangar said this on Star Sports. He also suggested that this might not be the best option on a seam friendly surface. He also remarked that that opposition bowlers would look to bowl wider at him in and try to find an edge.”It will be worth it if Virat Kohli can give a thought to developing some sort of a response off the back foot as well. Otherwise, he just seems to be preoccupied with scoring runs off the front foot.” The former head coach thinks that Bangar should work on his backfoot.

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On the other hand, Shaun Pollock, former South Africa cricket team captain said to Cricbuzz,”Looking at his dismissal, he’s got to be really, really disappointed. He looked in such good touch; he looked so motivated; his feet were moving nicely. and he was getting in really strong positions. To have chased that delivery on 35, almost when he was in set and looked like he was going to get a big score, I think he must be sitting at the hotel pretty frustrated at the fact that he got out in that fashion.”

Meanwhile the second day of the first Test between India and South Africa is almost certain to be washed off due to heavy rain. Tomorrow the game will be resumed with KL Rahul unbeaten on 122 and Ajinkya Rahane on 40.

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Written by Shreyasi Talukdar

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