Virat Kohli and his team are currently gearing up for the upcoming series in the United Kingdom next month. The series would kickstart with the Indian cricket team taking on New Zealand in the much-awaited World Test Championship (WTC) final.
Ahead of the much-awaited games, legendary Indian skipper Kapil Dev has given a piece of advice for Virat Kohli on how to handle English conditions. Well, it’s no secret that Kohli doesn’t have the best record in English conditions.
In fact, Kohli himself described his 2014’s tour of England as the worst ever tour he had since the start of his career. Hence, the prospects of facing New Zealand’s bowlers in English’s swinging conditions before locking horns with England in a 5-match Test series is going to be very challenging for the Indian cricket team.
Talking about the same to Mid-Day, Kapil Dev advised Kohli to remain patient in the early stages and not to try too hard as such attempts can backfire in the English conditions. He said:
“I expect him to excel. Can you really shackle him? He is a natural when it comes to adapting but I would caution him to not be over-aggressive. He will have to measure it session by session. He’ll be better off waiting for his moments of dominance,”
“He will get his runs with a bit of patience. Trying too hard and too early doesn’t work in England where you need to watch the movement of the ball. If you play seam and swing well, show patience, you will succeed in England.”
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli and the rest of the India squad for the WTC Final are currently quarantining at a hotel in Mumbai. The team is expected to leave for England next month.