After smashing a daddy hundred against Australia in the fourth Test at Narendra Modi Stadium, India’s star batter, Virat Kohli, said that adaptability in different conditions is his key to success and is one of the most important factors why he has been the most successful batter in all the forms of the game for a long period of time.
During a chat with Coach Rahul Dravid Kohli, he shed light on why he has been playing all the forms of the game over a longer period of time, in which he said, “No, I don’t think you can always play in the same way all the time. You need to adjust according to the conditions there are in front of you. I think this is one of the main reasons why I have been able to play all formats of games for so long. “The adaptability comes from knowing that, physically, I can do things in my different ways.”
Talking about mental and physical adaptability, he said, “Mentally, I can prepare to play a certain way or play in another way, but if my body won’t support it, then I will be found out. So an example would be, even in this Test match in these conditions, I back myself to run six doubles in an over for a span of six seven overs if the scoring rate needs to be up.”
During the chat, he also talked about keeping patience while batting and taking singles and doubles at a regular interval. “It’s not necessary that I would look to clear deep midwicket, and that is my only option because that brings I the risk as well. That’s why I am able to bat in different situations and bat differently in different conditions because I was able to take ones and twos, and I could do the power-hitting as well,” he added.