Sunil Gavaskar strongly believes that Virat Kohli will bounce back and will play another big knock under pressure. The India captain is having a lean run with the bat since 2020 as he is still to reach triple figures. In his first knock of the Test series against England, Kohli failed with the bat and could only score 11 runs.
Now Sunil Gavaskar has backed captain Kohli to turn things around and score a big one in the final innings at Chennai. The former legendary opener holds that under pressure Kohli is a different batsman and is always motivated to lead from the front. He also added that Kohli has been incredibly consistent in the last 7-8 years and his due for a big one.
Pressure brings the best out of Virat Kohli- Sunil Gavaskar
The Indian captain last scored an international century in November 2019 against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens. Since then Kohli has failed to convert his starts and is yet to score a big knock. Gavaskar hopes that Kohli soon turns things around and register yet another 3 figure score.
“Pressure is what brings the best out of Virat Kohli. And we’ve seen that time and again over the years then when he’s got his back to the wall is when he plays his best cricket. Sometimes when you’re batting at No. 4 and you’re 200/2 when you go in to bat, you tend to think that batting is easy. He knows now that batting is not easy and he’s got to put everything out there and focus”, Gavaskar said on the Star Sports Network during Day 3 of the India-England Test in Chennai.
“I just think that he is due for a big score. Last year was the first when he didn’t have a hundred, in any form of the game, which is so rare,” Gavaskar added. “For the last seven-eight years, every single year, he’s got at least five-six hundreds in all forms of the game. Last year, I knew we had the pandemic, but still very rare to see that Virat Kohli did not have a three-figure score. And 2021, he’d be hoping to change that”, Gavaskar concluded.
Meanwhile, Kohli averages less than 20 in his last 7 Test innings which he will be looking to change when he comes out to bat again. Talking about the first Test match between India and England, the hosts are under the pump as they were bowled out for 337 runs. England now leads by 242 runs and will be looking to score freely and make India bat again late on day 4.