Former India all-rounder Ajit Agarkar has stated that Virat Kohli’s form with the bat will decide India’s fate against New Zealand at the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final. The two sides are set to lock horns for the marquee event from June 18 to June 22 at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton.
Virat Kohli is still searching for his maiden ICC title in his stint as the skipper of the national side. Moreover, the Indian captain has also not scored even a single international century since November 2019.
The former cricketer opined that India’s fortunes at the WTC final will go hand in hand with the skipper’s performance. However, Agarkar mentioned that the Kiwis have great swing bowlers who are expected to do well in English conditions.
“Virat Kohli will have to get runs if India has to compete in this Test match, there are no two ways about it.
“It is almost a repeat of that series that he went to England and put his demons away from the previous tour because Southee has bowled well against him. There are other guys who are going to swing the ball, so it is going to be a big challenge but he rose to that challenge against England the last time he toured there. So, I expect him to do that,” said Agarkar.
‘Kohli holds the key as far as India’s batting is concerned’: Parthiv Patel
Former India wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel asserted that Virat Kohli won’t be worried about his own performance at this point in time. He mentioned that the Modern Master will draw experiences from his successful last tour of England (2018) after going through a torrid time in 2014.
“Knowing Virat Kohli, I don’t think he would be worried about his own performance at this point in time. He would be only thinking about how he can contribute so that India goes on to win this Test match.”
“He will go back to his drawing board and see what kind of adjustment he had made after the 2014 series and he came back brilliantly. There was a question mark over his technique and how he would play against Jimmy Anderson but he came back strongly. He definitely holds the key as far as India’s batting is concerned,” Patel said.