Virat Kohli may not be piling runs at the moment like his usual self, but there is a saying popular in the cricketing fraternity that form is temporary and class is permanent. Speaking on the eve before the deciding test match at Newlands, Capetown, Kohli in his press conference talked about Rishabh Pant. The south-paw got out of a rash shot when he charged down Kagiso Rabada on the third ball of his innings. This is not the first time that Pant has got out while playing an aggressive shot in the early stage of the innings when the match is evenly poised.
Kohli recalls MS Dhoni’s advice that he believes shaped his career for the good. According to Kohli, Dhoni told him that in order to make it big at the international level, the time between the same mistakes should be no less than eight months. Kohli was probably referring to Rishabh Pant who according to the fans, almost threw his wicket after receiving some banter from Rassie van der dussen from the short silly point.
The 2014 tour of England was disastrous for Kohli. But the batsman worked on his flaws and came back strongly in 2018 where he did not give too much chance to Jimmy Anderson, the bowler who got him out four times in the 2014 tour. Kohli’s record over the years as a batter and captain has been envious and shows that the batsman took Dhoni’s advice very seriously in his career. Kohli backed that the likes of Pant will certainly learn from his mistakes.
Pant has achieved some memorable wins for India, the chief of them being the Gabba win in 2021 January which helped India clinch the second consecutive series win in Australia. India are looking to clinch their maiden test series win in South Africa and Virat Kohli will be back in the side after recovering from the upper back spasm.