Taste these few deliveries from Mohammed Siraj to Virat Kohli in the nets of Mohali on Wednesday afternoon. One of them was zipped from a short length beyond the outer edge of Kohli. Moments later, another slightly fuller came through again and sent the stump for a walk. It seemed to take forever for the stumps to set up. Finally, Siraj bustled once more and threw a ball of perfectly acceptable length. Kohli’s front foot kicked in and the cover drive slammed into the side of the net. How many times have we seen this answer in Test cricket from him. You keep beating him on the outside, but all he needs is you to give him that inch of an opening – that’s not even an opening for most batsmen – and he fills the gap. gap with additional coverage.
It was definitely not Kohli’s day in the nets, especially against the spinners. R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Saurabh Kumar all confused him, even a local left arm spinner played him twice. It’s another matter that Kohli went after the latter without mercy thereafter. (Read more)