Waugh blasts 'negative Kohli'

Former Australian Test and one-day international batsman Mark Waugh. File Photo: AFP

Former Australia Test batsman and current national selector Mark Waugh has labelled Virat Kohli's dismissal on day one in Bengaluru as a “brain fade”.

Kohli's horror start to the 2017 Border-Gavaskar Trophy series continued in the second Test when he misjudged a Nathan Lyon off-break and was out lbw for 12, dismissed without offering a shot for the second time in two innings.

Waugh said Kohli's shot is the antithesis of what the Indian preached in the wake of the first-Test defeat in Pune.

"That's a brain fade,” said Waugh on Kohli's dismissal. “I know the ball before bounced and hit him on the thigh-pad and he's a bit worried about those two men on the leg side, but that's bread-and-butter for an Indian batsman, a class player. You just tuck that off the hip.

"It was very un-Kohli like. He made a point of saying 'we need to play with much more intent in this game' but he's been the prime example of not actually doing that.

"He's just thinking negatively because there's men around. He's thinking if it bounces he might get an edge.

"He can hit that ball in his sleep for runs. He's obviously thinking is a little bit negatively and that's rubbed off on a few of his teammates. 


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