Author: Abhishek Rajan
The former Australian captain Steve Waugh reckons that the reason why Virat Kohli is getting out frequently to Adam Zampa is because he is not giving the leg-spinner as much respect as he should.
Zampa has dismissed Kohli six times so far in his career and four of those dismissals have come in the last 12 months.
Kohli walked out to bat at no. 4 in the first ODI of the ongoing series between India and Australia and hit a six off Zampa very early in his innings.
It was a half-tracker from Zampa and although it skidded through, the length of the ball was so short that Kohli got himself in a perfect position to play the pull shot.
However, Zampa changed his length very smartly the next ball and went full. Kohli, although, got to the pitch of that full delivery, he got himself a little bit too close to the ball.
He managed to generate power into the shot through the whip of the wrists, but because he was too close to the ball, he didn’t get the elevation he wanted to.
The ball traveled to Zampa in very quick time, but the leggie kept his eyes on it and caught it to send the Indian captain back to the pavilion.
“I just don’t think he’s showing Zampa enough respect and he paid the price.” Waugh said on air while commentating for Fox Sports at the time of Kohli’s dismissal.
India had lost the wickets of KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan not too long ago. To lose Kohli as well at that stage of the innings hurt the hosts pretty badly and the whole innings crumbled thereafter.
India could only get to the score of 255 which proved to be insufficient on the Wankhede pitch as the Kangaroos won the match by 10 wickets.
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