The former RCB coach Daniel Vettori believes the reason why Virat Kohli is not able to score runs against spinners at as high a clip as he should or he needs to is that his intent is not there. All he does is he plants his front foot down the crease and then looks for a single from there.
In the game against CSK yesterday, where RCB were batting first on a deck that was not just gripping but was turning a fair bit as well, Kohli scored 30 runs off 33 balls and although he played a few aggressive shots against the fast bowlers, he got bogged down against spin. According to Daniel Vettori, it was because of how Kohli sets himself up to play spin.
Daniel Vettori was the captain of RCB before Virat Kohli took over in 2012
Daniel Vettori is of the view that a decisive front or back movement is not there in Kohli’s game against spin at the moment and that’s what is creating issues for him because when he plants his front foot down, he almost commits himself to a certain position and then it depends where the ball lands.
If the bowler lands the ball in a good area, it’s not possible for Kohli to be able to manipulate one run by putting the ball into the gaps, which is what he looks to do by planting the front foot down, and since CSK spinners put the ball in the right areas most of the time last night, Kohli couldn’t get singles and had to play a lot of dot balls.
Daniel Vettori was a part of the RCB set-up for a long time and he was actually the captain of RCB before Virat Kohli took over in 2012. RCB had made it to the final of the IPL in 2011 under Vettori. The former left-arm spinner from New Zealand was then appointed the head coach of RCB as well and stayed in the job for a few years.