Pakistan spin legend Saqlain Mushtaq has opened up on what how he would occasionally advise England duo Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid.
The Doosra master served as a spin-bowling consultant of the England cricket team in recent times. He has now revealed that he would tell Moeen and Adil to treat Kohli as an entire team of 11 players.
“Yeh Ek nahin, yeh gyarah hai (he is equal to 11 players). I would just tell them Virat’s wicket is like bowling out the entire Indian team. He is like XI players in one, you have to see him like that,” the 43-year-old said in an Instagram Live with Nikhil Naz. “As a bowler, you have to be clear in your mind. Yes, you have a world-class player who is at the top of his game and does not face any issue against any type of spinner, be it left-arm, offie or a leggie.” said Saqlain.
Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali have had immense success against Kohli at International level. The duo have managed to get rid of the Indian skipper 6 times times each.
“But I would tell them the pressure is more on him not you, as the whole world is watching him. You have to be clear in your mind” Saqlain added.
Adil Rashid also bowled a magic ball that did wonders against Kohli. During one of the ODIs against England in 2018 at Headingley, Kohli was cleaned up with a delivery that pitched around the leg, turned sharply, and clipped the off-stump. The reaction of the Indian maestro after getting out tells you the story.
Saqlain had named it as “Virat-wala delivery” and would encourage Rashid to consistently practice that during the nets.
“It was a wide ball and had a lot of drift and clipped the bail. I would tell him to bowl Virat-wala delivery so that he keeps producing that at the nets. It’s about putting your soul into the ball. Yes, he’s the No 1 player in the world. But if you put your plan, imagination, feeling andpassion into the ball, you are no less. As the No 1 batsman, he will have an ego. If you bowl a dot ball to him his ego will get hurt. And if you trap him and get him out, he will be really sad. It’s a mind game, you have to keep your standard high.” he concluded.