India’s very successful cricket team captain often talks about his failure in England tour in 2014 and how he overcame it. He considers the 2014 International tour was his toughest and a big failure. He talked about it in some of the interviews quite loudly.
He was only able to score 134 runs in 10 innings at an average of 13.4 with the highest score of 39. Six years after the Debacle, Virat Kohli opened up while interviewed by Mayank Agrawal about how Sachin Tendulkar, Ravi Shastri, and coach Duncan Fletcher helped him overcome his weaknesses.
The trio played a pivotal role in his life and the interview was uploaded by BCCI online soon after.
He explained that during his tour, it was his hip position which was problematic for him. He soon realizes the situation which causes him the problem is his batting technique as well and he became too rigid with it and the situation was that he could not even adjust with it.
Virat explained more about how it was a long and painful journey for him and he realized that it was his right hip which is causing him an issue. He elaborated on the issue that while batting if the hips open and closes too quickly it is problematic for a batsman.
Virat Kohli admitted that keeping the hip position nice and side-on, balanced, and keeping in control manner gives the batsman chance to play on and off.
In this stage, he even observed footage and realized that he opens up too early before the ball could come to him. By doing this he became an easier target for the other team.
After that tour, Virat met Sachin Tendulkar in Mumbai and attended some sessions. When Virat informed him that he is working on hip alignment Sachin suggested to him that about Big forward stride against fast bowlers. It helped Kohli with the next Australian tour.
The team director in 2014 and now current India coach Ravi Shastri called Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan to his room once with a bat. Kohli tells Mayank in the chat that Ravi Shastri has a very sharp knowledge of cricket. His experience is an added advantage for people from lower grade players to the opener for the international Indian Cricket team.
Ravi Shastri asked Virat Kohli to play outside the crease. He explained Kohli about the reason behind it. He adds that there is a mindset behind it, the player became the controller of the space giving bowler less opportunity to make the bowler out. Out of the crease means more controls in hand. Kohli started practicing and results were remarkable.
That time coach Duncan helped Kohli to play confidently in the front foot.
All these lessons helped Kohli so much that he thanked all these 3 great men in his life to make him reach where he is now.