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Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott has announced that India batsmen Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara may not be the right candidates to replace the iconic Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid following their poor performance in the recently concluded Test series against England.
Both Kohli and Pujara failed to have an impact with the bat throughout the five-Test series and as a result, their team crashed and burned to a 3-1 defeat.
“We were led to believe that these two would take the places vacated by Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, respectively, and those are some pretty big shoes to fill,” he wrote in his column for gocricket.com. “That is why we have been amazed at the way their form seems to have completely abandoned them. Consider this sequence of scores from the two stars: Pujara has scored 28, 43, 24, 2, 0, 17, 4 and 11. Kohli has 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6 and 20.”
Boycott attributed Kohli and Pujara’s horrendous performance to the fact that they failed to learn from their mistakes.
“What has been truly disappointing is the way these two gifted young men have repeated their mistakes,” he wrote. “Kohli is clearly unaware of his off stump and has been fishing constantly, which you simply can’t do against the moving ball, and Pujara’s dismissals have been embarrassing, to be honest.”
Boycott added that England’s bowling attack looked far more superior than Kohli and Pujara.
“Both Pujara and Kohli have come up against high-quality seam bowling in unfamiliar and, for them, unpleasant conditions,” he said. “That technical problem, coupled with their mental state, has contributed to their current poor run.”