Team India’s batting coach Vikram Rathore said there was nothing to worry about when captain Virat Kohli was dismissed in the second innings of the Lord’s Test. Rathore denied that Virat was repeating the 2014 mistakes. Virat, who scored 42 in the first innings of the Lord’s Test, was dismissed for 20 in the second innings. Virat has been sacked three times on this tour as he distorts the outgoing balls. In the second innings of the second Test of the five-match series at Lord’s, Virat caught wicketkeeper Jose Butler in the bowling of Sam Curran. Virat appeared in good rhythm after scoring 20 off 30 balls and also hit four boundaries, but after that he again batted on an outgoing ball and returned to the pavilion.
After the fourth day’s play, Vikram Rathore said, ‘Both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will be discussed on the way out. As for Virat, I don’t see any problem with it. I think they lost their wicket for lack of attention. I hope no old problem comes back. The 2014 England tour was no less a nightmare for Virat, but in 2018 Virat compensated for it. Virat has not been in good condition for some time. Since November 2019, not a single century has come from Virat’s bat. He started this test series with a golden duck. In the first innings of the Lord’s Test, he seemed to be playing big innings, but Oli was dismissed from the bat by Robinson’s outgoing delivery.
Rathore said, ‘We’re all together, we’re working hard on the players. As long as they work hard, bet everything and practice well, everything will be fine. There are times like these in a career, but you have to get out of them. All batsmen look good in form, we have complete confidence in all batsmen and soon their bats will run. In this series, three of India’s middle-order batsmen (Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat and Ajinkya Rahane) have not been very influential.