Former Aussie Opener Decodes Virat Kohli's Struggle in Test Cricket

image-lesjh0j8Kohli has scored 111 runs in the series [AP Photos]

Virat Kohli may have regained his form in the game's shorter formats. But when it comes to white flannels, the former India captain is yet to return to the kind of form he was in until three years ago. Kohli last scored a Test century in 2019, and doesn't have a half century in his last 15 innings. 

During the ongoing Border Gavaskar Trophy 2023, Kohli has managed to score only 111 runs in his five innings. Although he got a few good starts, the 34-year-old was not able to convert them into big knocks. For the standards that he has set for himself, the numbers have disappointed many. 

Former Australia batsman Matthew Hayden feels that there is nothing wrong with Kohli’s batting technique. It is just a lean phase he is going through, and that he should spend more time out in the middle.

"There seems to be nothing majorly wrong with the technical point of view. The mind that’s where the issue lies. When you get to that stage of the career that Virat has when you have achieved everything and anything in the game, it’s what continues to inspire you as an athlete,", Hayden said while speaking on Star Sports.

“We all know that the highs of Virat are stratosphere highs, there is such a great positive energy that exists. He has such an infectious energy. You can see the adulation that exists for him in the group, the adulation of the fans, amongst the game itself," the former Aussie cricketer added. 

After winning the first two Tests of the series, India lost the third Test in Indore by nine wickets. The win saw Australia book their place in the final of World Test Championship. For India to make the final of the WTC, they will have to win the next Test which will be played in Ahmedabad from March 9.