Virat Kohli's susceptibility against fast bowling could be exploited in South Africa, says Ray Jennings

Royal Challengers Bangalore coach Ray Jennings says Virat Kohli needs to move on from his poor ODI form in South Africa and look forward to playing some confident cricket in upcoming Test series.

updated: December 15, 2013 16:43 IST
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Former South African coach Ray Jennings, who is also the coach of the Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, spoke about Virat Kohli's weakness against fast bowling ahead of the two-match Test series between India and South Africa, starting December 18 in Johannesburg.

"It's going to be quite a difficult test for him. South Africa in South African conditions will try to exploit his weaknesses. When you look at Virat Kohli as a batsman, he's a superb player of spin. If there is any weakness, it's while facing fast bowling. He will definitely be tested in South Africa, like he has been during the ODIs. He has to rise above that challenge in these conditions. It's a pity that it's only two Test matches because if he does well, people will say it's only two Tests. If he does badly, they'll say he failed in only two Tests. That is, unfortunately, the issue," Ray Jennings was quoted saying by ESPNCricinfo. (India need to get out of mental block: Gibbs)

Kohli's appetite for big runs and reputation as a big match player have been consolidated over the last couple of years. Yet, he suffered poor form in the two ODIs against South Africa, scoring only 31 runs. However, Jennings, who has seen Kohli grow from strength to strength in the last five years, was also quick to suggest that Kohli was good enough to face challenges of any kind. (We have the winning desire: Pujara)

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