Gavaskar questions Kohli's shot selection

31 August 2021 03:38:09 GMTPlus11
Kohli's shot selection has been called into question

India legend Sunil Gavaskar believes the team's skipper Virat Kohli needs to work on his shot selection to start scoring runs in the current Test series with England.

England can be backed at 2.10 to win the fourth Test between the teams with India 2.75 to win and the draw 4.33.

Captain Kohli has struggled for runs in the series so far, scoring a duck, 42, 20, seven and 55 in his five innings.

The opening match of the five-game tussle finished as a stalemate at Trent Bridge before India won by 151 runs in the second at Lord's.

But England hit back at Headingley last time out, bowling India out for only 78 in their first innings before scoring 432 themselves.

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India then showed more resistance at the start of their second innings in Leeds only to collapse from 215-3 to 278 all out and if they are to improve in the fourth Test at the Oval, Kohli's performances will need to improve.

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But while many have pointed to Kohli's positioning at the crease as a problem, Gavaskar, who fired 10,122 runs in 125 Tests for his country, insists the issue lays with the batsman's choice of shots.

Speaking about Kohli on Sony Sports Network, Gavaskar said: "I don't think standing outside the crease is a worry.

"If you play closer to your body, you play and miss it - there is no harm in playing and missing it.

"I think it's the shot selection. You have got to keep it simple. He has got 8000 runs, probably the last 6,500 runs he has got standing outside the crease. So I don't think he needs to make too many changes."

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