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IND vs AUS: Mark Waugh questions Virat Kohli’s type in Test cricket

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Former Australia opener Mark Waugh has questioned Virat Kohli’s type in Test cricket because the Indian batsmen has did not register a century within the longest format within the final 41 innings.

“I cannot believe a player of his class has gone that long without a hundred,” former Test batter Mark Waugh mentioned on Fox Cricket.

“He’s been in good contact just lately, he’s batted effectively in one-day cricket. I do know it’s not Test match cricket, however the indicators have been there in his final three innings in Test cricket that he’s truly taking part in fairly effectively.

“He’s middling the ball, he’s watching the ball effectively, his defence is robust. He’s simply making the odd error and it’s proving expensive for him. He hasn’t had plenty of luck. He makes one mistake and he’s out.

“He’s a world-class participant and I really feel like 100 is simply across the nook for him.

“He’s feeling the pressure, no doubt about it … I feel like he is a little bit tense when he goes out there in the middle.”

In the primary innings of the Indore Test, Kohli fell sufferer to younger spinner Todd Murphy for a 3rd time within the sequence, trapped for 22. In the second innings he was pinned by Matthew Kuhnemann for 13.

“He actually does play with quite hard hands, he likes to feel bat on ball. That dismissal in the first innings he just played that too square, if he played that to mid-on he would have been okay, but he played it around his front pad,” mentioned Waugh.

“He does tend to plant his front foot, which technically is not a great thing to do in India. We have seen him play back in the crease in a couple of innings, which is quite well-suited to slower pitches. There’s no obvious weakness, but he seems to make one mistake and he’s gone.”

Kohli’s final century was in opposition to Bangladesh in November 2019 at Eden Gardens. Kohli scored 136 in opposition to Bangladesh to assist India safe a complete innings victory. It was Kohli’s twenty seventh Test century – however he’s nonetheless looking for his twenty eighth.

Since December 2019, the 34-year-old has averaged 25.70 with the bat in Test cricket, scoring six fifties in 23 matches.