Former Indian batting coach Sanjay Bangar reacted to Virat Kohli’s sacking, saying the prolific hitter needs to develop a “back foot response” and not worry about playing on the front foot.
Sanjay Bangar explains why Virat Kohli has to develop a “back foot response”. NDTV Sports Desk Updated: Dec 27, 2021 12:05 IST Reading Time: 2 min Sanjay Bangar explains why Virat Kohli needs to develop “Response Off The Back Foot” Indian captain Virat Kohli © AFP Highlights Sanjay Bangar reacted to the dismissal of Virat Kohli on day 1 of the 1st Test Bangar said Kohli needs to start focusing on his back foot game.
India Test captain was fired for 35 by South African Lungi NgidiVirat Kohli failed to convert a brilliant start into a great score on the opening day of the first test against South Africa at Centurion on Sunday so that he was dismissed for 35 years by Lungi Ngidi.
Pursuing a delivery that was wide, Kohli was fooled by the late swing generated in the delivery and offered Wiaan Mulder an easy grip on the first mistake. The Indian test skipper seemed to have settled into the fold before Ngidi sent him back to the lodge.
Not having marked a century since 2019, Kohli’s sacking has seen him extend his meager patch with the masses.India’s former batting coach Sanjay Bangar reacted to Kohli’s dismissal, saying the prolific batter needs to develop a “response off the back foot” and not be preoccupied to playing on the front foot.“
It could well be a mental error in the execution part at least as far as him going after that wide halfvolley is concerned,” Bangar said on Star Sports.”But for me, he relies on driving the ball.Against quicker attacks on seaming pitches, you require one more game.
You can’t only rely on the front foot shots.If he only relies on that particular shot, the bowlers will continue to drag him wider and wider and hope they find the outside edge,” Bangar added. It will be worth it if Virat Kohli can give a thought of developing some sort of a response of the back foot as well.
Otherwise, he just seems to be preoccupied with scoring runs off the front foot. Despite Kohli’s sacking, India finished Match day 1 with a score of 272/3, with KL Rahul’s opening goal scoring an unbeaten 122 to put the team in a strong position.