In recent times, Indian top-order batters have faced difficulty against left-arm pacers. Examples include their struggle in the 2019 ODI World Cup semi-final against New Zealand and the T20 World Cup 2021 match against Pakistan. The trio of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli failed to perform well against left-arm quicks. However, Ross Taylor, a former New Zealand international, has a different opinion. He believes that Kohli doesn’t face any issues while dealing with any bowler in the world. According to him, it was just a coincidence that Kohli got out to left-handers a couple of times in the past.
Kohli’s struggle against Mitchell Starc in the first ODI of the Australia series was evident. However, Taylor remains supportive of Kohli’s capabilities and is confident that the 34-year-old will focus on improving areas that he feels are important.
“I think it was more of a coincidence than anything (getting out to left-hand seamers). Virat has been a fantastic player against all bowlers. Sometimes a bowler just by coincidence can have your number,”
He further added:
“A left-arm seamer, I guess being lbw is the danger ball swinging back but Virat has been a fantastic player for years and I am sure he will be working on whatever he feels he needs to be. You look at the setup, I have full trust in Virat and what he does.”
Kohli will be extremely important for India in the WTC final: Ross Taylor
It’s worth noting that Ross Taylor played for New Zealand in the 2021 World Test Championship (WTC) final against India, which they won. However, he recently shared his thoughts on the upcoming final between India and Australia. Taylor believes that the Australian team led by Pat Cummins will be keen on taking Kohli’s wicket this time around. If they fail to do so, Kohli has the potential to score significant runs and do so quickly if needed.
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