Kohli got out on a sharp bouncer from Starc in the WTC final. Giving his opinion on this, Gavaskar said that it looked like an unplayable ball, if Virat was on the backfoot, he could have easily left it.
Indian former captain and current commentator Sunil Gavaskar has given his reaction to Virat Kohli’s wicket in the ongoing World Test Championship title match in England. Kohli was dismissed by Mitchell Starc on his sharp bouncer. Giving his opinion, Gavaskar said that it looked like an unplayable ball, but if Virat Kohli was on the backfoot, he could have easily left it. Let us tell you, India’s first innings has faltered in front of Australia’s mountain-like score of 469 runs. By the end of the second day’s play, Team India scored 151 runs at the loss of 5 wickets and the Kangaroos are still 318 runs ahead.
Virat Kohli, who came out to bat after the fall of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, was looking in good touch. Kohli looked comfortable in his innings and was playing shots with complete control while leaving the ball well. This rhythm of Kohli was spoiled by Stark in the 19th over of the innings. Starc bowled the second ball of the over to Kohli with a bouncer on his body. Virat Kohli was on the front foot due to which he could not leave the ball and the ball hit his gloves and went to Steve Smith in the slips. Kohli returned to the pavilion on a personal score of 14.
Virat Kohli’s wicket When Sunil Gavaskar was asked how he could have avoided it, the Little Master told Star Sports ‘Going on the backfoot…you can see again. In today’s time, the bowler can bowl two bouncers, due to which most of the batsmen remain on the front foot. This means he cannot give himself extra time by going on the backfoot to release the ball.
He further said, ‘Yes it was a difficult ball because he was already on the front foot. In such a situation, it is difficult to take back the bat at the last moment. Had he been on the backfoot, he could have done it. This ball may look unplayable, but if he was on the backfoot, he could have dropped his wrist.