Virat Kohli practiced on Nandre Berger’s style of bowling, took 7 wickets in the first match, see PICS

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India’s star batsman Virat Kohli looked quite confident while facing the bowling style of South African left-arm fast bowler Nandre Berger, while Shreyas Iyer once again looked in trouble against the short ball in the nets here on Monday.


On New Year’s Day, Virat Kohli sweated profusely during the net session and practiced for almost an hour. After facing the bowlers at the net, Kohli faced throwdown for about 20 to 25 minutes.

Virat Kohli and Rahul Dravid

Kohli is known to enter the nets with a specific aim of practicing and on Monday he was practicing batting against left-arm fast bowling.

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There is no left-arm fast bowler in the Indian team, so a net bowler was called and Kohli faced 25 to 30 balls from him while in between he also practiced against Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Ravichandran Ashwin and Avesh Khan.

Mohammed Siraj and Ashwin

Kohli was continuously playing with his feet out on the crease and at times he even moved forward and hit shots at mid-wicket. However, the only problem here was that the pace bowler provided by Cricket South Africa (CSA) was at least 15 kmph slower than Berger. Berger took seven wickets in the opening Test in Centurion.

Shreyas Iyer

Due to the lack of speed of the net bowler, Kohli did not face any problem in understanding the inswing and then moving forward and playing the shot at mid-wicket. However, during the match, Kohli will not get much time to come on the front foot. Kohli’s six off Ashwin’s ball was brilliant and he had no problem facing Bumrah.

jasprit bumrah

Iyer’s weakness against the short ball is well known. His shortcomings were once again exposed against the bouncing balls in the Centurion Test. Iyer appears to be in trouble while facing balls coming slightly above his waist. He looked uncomfortable while batting during the training session.

Virat Kohli

When Sri Lanka’s left-handed throwdown specialist Nuwan Senaviratne bowled the ball from a distance of 18 yards, Iyer reacted late in trying to pull and the ball hit him in the stomach. He stopped batting for a while and was seen in pain.

Shubman Gill

After injuring his left shoulder during the throwdown session in Centurion on Saturday, Shardul Thakur once again took part in the practice session but only as a batsman. Shardul was not seen bowling but he faced bowlers and throwdowns. He looked comfortable and faced short balls with ease.

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