Boult: Kohli’s off-form ‘extremely satisfying’
Cricket fans around the world may be disappointed to see Virat Kohli out of form for such a long time, but not the New Zealand players. Even it is “extremely satisfying”, as said senior Black Caps pacer Trent Boult on Sunday.
According to Boult, he is satisfied with the fact that a world-class batsman like Virat Kohli is making errors after errors as pressure being piled on him.
Boult said this following his side taking control of the second Test in Christchurch, with Boult returning figures of three for 12 to reduce India to 90 for six in the second innings for an overall lead of 97 runs.
Kohli has been the biggest sad story of the Test series so far, as he failed to reach even 20 runs in the four completed innings of the two-match Test series.
“He (Kohli) is one of the best players in the world, no doubt about that.
“Obviously, he is a big player for them and we just tried to put enough pressure on him, keep him quiet and soak up those boundary balls, and it was nice to see him make a few errors. We were lucky to get two that lined up and hit him on the pads nicely and it was a good feeling to see the back of him,” said Boult.
According to famous cricket analyst Harsha Bhogle, the ongoing New Zealand tour has been worse than England 2014 for the India skipper Virat Kohli.
Kohli averaged 9.50 to score just 38 runs in the Test series. This is his lowest average in a Test series overseas, worse than the horrible patch he had in England in 2014 wherein he managed 134 runs across 10 innings.
In all, Kohli’s tally of 218 runs over 11 innings in New Zealand is the lowest he has managed on a tour wherein he has played all three formats.