Every time Virat Kohli walks out to the crease in an ODI, it is expected that many runs will flow. Indeed, the expectation is regularly fulfilled through bright, exciting strokeplay.
He is the star and seen as the rightful successor to Tendulkar's throne as king Indian batsman by his native fans.
He still has much to learn from such a brilliant role model in the longer format however. It has been a tough tour for Kohli, his first full one of England as a Test player. Like many other Indian batsmen before him, he has struggled in the conditions, leading to a meagre batting average of 13.50.
The lowest in England's top order is Sam Robson's, but in comparison, there have been far less vociferous calls for Kohli to be dropped. Though of a similar age to one another, the difference in experience and, dare I say sheer talent, is vast.
Hope for improvement
Kohli has been off his game so far, but it is still expected he will come good in the shorter internationals later in the year. By then, he will have a firm grasp of the opposing bowlers, with the Indians hoping he will soon stop being Anderson’s rabbit, as well as a greater reading of the unique conditions in England.
To stop India from losing this series, Kohli needs to learn from mistakes made so far and contribute in the upcoming final Test. The fans would have expected the same from Tendulkar, who would have no doubt responded with an impressive knock.
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