“Having been an opening batter, having been troubled by that line, there are certain things that you try and do.” Gavaskar told India Today. “It goes back to the fact that his first mistake turns out to be his last.
“Again, just because he is not amongst the runs, there is this anxiety to play at every delivery because that is what batters feel, they have got to score. You look to play at deliveries that you otherwise won’t. But he has gotten out to good deliveries as well on this particular tour.”
Gavaskar said he was open to helping Kohli work on his weakness.
“If I had about 20 minutes with him, I would be able to tell him the things he might have to do,” Gavaskar said. “It might help him, I am not saying it will help him, but it could, particularly with regards to that off-stump line.”
“He [Kohli] has played so many matches. He is playing for so many years. He is such a great batsman, so he does not need reassurance,” Rohit said after the ODI series. “I pointed to this in my last press conference, too: form goes up and down, that is part and parcel of any cricketer’s career.
“So, a player like him, who has played for so many years, who has made so many runs, who has won so many matches, he only needs one or two good innings [to bounce back]. That is my thinking, and I am sure all those who follow cricket will think similarly.”