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Legendary England batsman Geoffrey Boycott has called on India batsman Virat Kohli to start using his brains a bit more.
Boycott’s comments come after Kohli only scored 134 runs at a horrible average of 13.40 in the recent five-Test series against England. His poor form with the bat continued into the ODI series as well as he made scores 0 and 40, which has been his highest score of the tour thus far.
“It was clearly the shot of a man not thinking straight, one whose brain has been scrambled,” Boycott wrote in his column for go.cricket.com. “Kohli has had a rotten time in the Tests, and he must now look beyond that and use his brains to get out of trouble, because talent is no good without intelligence, and Kohli is too talented a player to waste his time and energy in such a manner.
“It seems really strange that a batsman as talented as he is, thinks he has to slog from the word go. At this level of any sport, a lot of the corrections and rectifications come from the player himself, rather than from a coach or manager. It is fair to assume that you are capable of correcting the basics, with the occasional expert tip to help you along. So Kohli needs to rethink his approach, calm himself down, and play the game he is used to playing, rather than try to prove a point with every shot.”