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Dravid: Kohli's bottom hand a weakness

Rahul Dravid analyses Virat Kohli's batting technique after the batsman failed to fire yet again in the series (03:02)

August 9, 2014

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Posted by   on (August 16, 2014, 20:08 GMT)

@ Krishnesh Chandar what can he do??? Do you want Dravid to go and play for him??

Posted by   on (August 13, 2014, 16:06 GMT)

My Question to Mr. Dravid : If he played the shots in leg side previously with same foot work and same strong bottom hand, then why is not he playing the same kind of shot whipping the ball on to leg side from off side rather than pushing towards the cover region ??

Posted by vaidyar on (August 11, 2014, 5:47 GMT)

@Ahmad: Kohli can manage just fine outside and score more 100s in India or against SL. But the question will remain if that's what he wants to settle for. The idea is not to eliminate all weakness, it is not always possible, but to be able to manage and mitigate your getting out to them. For eg. 1. Bradman averaged 52 in Bodyline matches. 2. Sachin averaged 54 in England and scored 4 100s and 8 50s there. 3. As for Dravid, he went to SA only 4 times, and he was successful in 2 tours, failed in only the last 2. He did score that superb 148 & 81 against Donald & co, remember.(Also note that every Indian player of that gen's lowest average is against SA, for some reason we just haven't figured them out)

If you watch this video properly, you'd notice Dravid saying that Kohli moved correctly when in form, and his movements are wrong because of his lack of form. It works both ways, he's not scoring runs, hence is anxious and doing things he doesn't normally do and making things worse

Posted by   on (August 10, 2014, 18:35 GMT)

Ok Mr Dravidi Kholi has a weakness at bottom hand. What were you doing for all the eight innings Of his dismal and pathetic performance

Posted by   on (August 10, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

Kohli should just stop pushing at deliveries with hard bottom hand and learn how to leave outside off stump.... That will be all... I think Kohli and Coach also knows this... If I know this... So do they... Just the application required...

Posted by   on (August 10, 2014, 7:39 GMT)

Kohli will do just f9. He simply has to admit he is Anderson's bunny & its not a very shameful thing. Even the g8 Sachin also got dismissed most times by Anderson. Dravid had terrible record vs SA, Sachin didn't like NZ, Smith was Zaheer's bunny, Gangully couldn't play short ball, Saeed Anwar was terrible against rising ball on off stump, even Don Bradman was found out against bodyline theory & list goes on & most g8 batsmen had particular weaknesses against g8 bowlers, yet in-spite of those weaknesses they did just f9 in international cricket.

Due to 1 gd out-swing bowler operating in swinging conditions of his own den one shouldn't change his technique that has rendered him 50+ ODI avg & the status of most feared ODI batsman.

Instead of challenging Anderson for final test he should rest himself from final test & plan on destroying other oppositions in upcoming tours.

Posted by SpaMaster on (August 9, 2014, 21:45 GMT)

Great thoughts by Dravid, something only as qualified as himself can talk about. I hope Kohli has some idea on how to get around this. We have lost two Test matches because of our batsmen when bowling has traditionally been our weakness. These are talented guys who have performed well overseas in the past and seem to got into a rough patch the past two Tests. It's hard for me to be overtly critical of them. This batting bunch needs our support and I hope they get back to form soon, hopefully in the next match itself. The Oval is a very good pitch for skillful batters. Fingers crossed.

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