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Virat will be back among runs soon: Viswanath

Calcutta: India’s impressive show in the ongoing Test series in England has caught the eye of most. Almost equally noticeable has been Virat Kohli’s failures.

While the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, and even Ravindra Jadeja, have made merry in English conditions, Kohli is yet to make a mark.

But it’s a temporary lapse for such a quality batsman and it’s just a matter of time before he strikes rhythm, feels former India captain Gundappa Viswanath.

In the city to grace the Cricket Association of Bengal’s annual awards ceremony as the chief guest, Viswanath is confident that Kohli’s poor form won’t last long and that there’s no technical flaws in Kohli’s batting.

“Look, if you’re a good batsman, you have to go through such a phase… As a matter of fact, I’m sure he’ll start firing again when he gets in,” Viswanath said at the airport, on Friday.

“I don’t believe he’s suffering from technical issues… These bad patches are part and parcel of a cricketer’s career. Look at how Alastair Cook is struggling despite 7,000-odd runs under his belt… These things happen.”

Lavishing praise on Rahane, Viswanath highlighted that such dominating display on a green-top is what makes the Mumbai batsman’s knock so significant. “The wicket was dicey in the beginning and losing the toss made matters further difficult for India in typical English conditions.

“I’m not taking any credit away from Ajinkya, but the England bowlers didn’t bowl well enough. Having said that, the way Ajinkya batted, I would only say that it was one of the best knocks I’ve ever seen,” he said.

Speaking highly of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s aggressive leadership and Ishant Sharma’s hostile bowling at Lord’s, Viswanath said that India are better placed to win the series.

“Just as the 1983 World Cup triumph had ushered in a new era for Indian cricket, I believe the victory at Lord’s will also change the perception about India in overseas Test matches. I feel it will have a tremendous impact,” he stressed.