Since November 2019, Virat Kohli has not scored an international hundred. However, Rahul Dravid dismissed the notions and said that Kohli is lacking in motivation and people need more contributions from him. Let’s find out what more Dravid has to share!
Rahul Dravid Talks About Virat Kohli’s Current Games
Virat Kohli has set a new benchmark with his 70 international hundreds. However, Rahul Dravid talked from a coach’s point of view and shared that he wants Kohli’s battle to make match-winning contributions.
He further shared that it is okay even if they are not three-figure ones that were created in the past.
Dravid also said that Kohli is lacking motivation while dismissing that he has not scored an international hundred since November 2019.
“As players, you go through these phases and I don’t think you need the motivation to be very honest with you and I think in Virat’s case it is nothing to do with lack of motivation or desire,”
Dravid shared before India’s rescheduled fifth Test against England starting here on Friday.
He continued, “It’s not always focussing on those three figures like even a 70-odd (79) in a difficult situation in Cape Town (vs SA) was a good inning. Didn’t convert into a three-figure, but it was a good score.”
The coach also explained, “Obviously, the standards that he has set, people only see hundreds as a success but for me, from a coach’s perspective, we want contributions from him — match-winning contributions, whether it is a 50 or a 60.
” Kohli will be 34 soon, so Dravid said as many would believe he isn’t on the wrong side of 30.
Here is how Rahul Dravid put his words:
“In my opinion, he is on the right side of 30 and he is an incredibly fit guy. He is one of the most hardworking guys that I have come across and his desire and hunger and the whole attitude of looking after himself.”
“And his preparation, even the way he batted at Leicester, batting in those conditions and scoring the 50s and 60s, keen on playing against our bowlers, batting against Bumrah and all these guys.
He is ticking all right boxes and doing everything he needs to do to come out of it.” Dravid said reassuringly.
Rahul Dravid Did Not Envision Six Captains In 7 Months
Dravid took his first team to Sri Lanka, where Shikhar Dhawan was the captain. Later, Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, and Hardik Pandya were the captains too.
And now, there is a likelihood of Jasprit Bumrah becoming the captain. Thus, 6 captains in 3 formats within 7 months since he became an instructor isn’t an ideal situation.
“It is what it is. When I took this job, even I couldn’t have predicted that we will have so many captains in six or seven months but that can happen in times we are living in, COVID-19, unfortunate injuries to people, what happened to Rahul (groin injury) and now to Rohit in last 3 weeks,” Dravid said emphatically.
“Sometimes, we have had to balance out the workload and just have to react to that, it’s not something I wanted when I started off, not something you envisage when you start off but when they arise, you react and deal with them,
” he said.“…in spite of a number of captains we have had, we have played pretty good cricket, over the last six to eight months.
We have got our contingency plans in place and communications are clear and within the group, everyone knows what we are going to do if some situation arises,’ he continued.
Kohli must up his game to bring more victories for his team. Let’s see what happens in the upcoming matches. Till then stay tuned with us.