IND vs AUS: Rahul Dravid Draws Parallels Between Sachin Tendulkar And Virat Kohli After Latter’s 28th Test Ton

IND vs AUS: Rahul Dravid Draws Parallels Between Sachin Tendulkar And Virat Kohli After Latter’s 28th Test Ton

Virat Kohli finally scored his 28th Tetton, his first under Rahul Dravid as head coach of the Indian cricket team. Dravid in an interview joked that he had to wait 16 months to see Kohli score a Test century. As it turned out, this century was one that spoke volumes for Kohli’s mental strengths as a batsman.

This ton from Virat Kohli was a stark contrast to his previous test centuries. He scored 186 of 364 balls and had reached just five limits when he reached his century and had even gone an entire session without scoring a single four. In doing so he showed the diligence and patience it took to score runs on a good batting wicket.

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Kohli, by his own admission, said he played the ball on merit and the situation his team found themselves in after Australia put up a mammoth 489 innings total in the first innings. the ability to mold and play according to the situation, regardless of the size of a player, is something that youngsters can learn by watching this great player of today.

Rahul Dravid praises Virat Kohli for his 28th test tonne

“If the little kids are watching, we keep talking and sometimes as a coach we get frustrated too, I hear a lot ‘this is my style and I’m just going to play like this.’ In this match, a great player has shown that if the situation is complicated and the team is a bit on the defensive, the opponent doesn’t limit you, you can play differently and still score a century for the team”. Dravid pointed out.

“He scored just five fours in his first 100 races. He might have been frustrated, he felt he would crush, he would dominate, but he knew what the team needed in that situation. This is a special trait of a great player. It doesn’t matter how great a player you are, you need to have humility, the will to.” further added.

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In India, people have high expectations of Virat Kohli: Rahul Dravid

He also recalled his playing days alongside Sachin Tendulkar and how he used to take all the pressure and score runs for India in tough situations against any opponent and in any condition.

“In India, when you become as big a player as Virat Kohli, people have very high expectations. When he played and used to bat with Sachin Tendulkar, he would see the same thing. Everyone wants me to score a century, score runs. And this happens because he has set a standard. He has scored centuries so regularly that people don’t realize how difficult it is to score a hundred. And then obviously the pressure builds.” Dravid told the announcers at the end of IIndia vs Australia 2023 Test Series.

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