Kohli had endured a period of leanness for nearly three years before deciding to take a month-long hiatus for his mental health while reinventing himself at last month’s Asian Cup.
He finished as India’s top run-getter and has since continued his good form in the just-concluded T20s against Australia, where his half-century in the series decider gave a glimpse of the Vintage Kohli that fans have been yearning to see.
“… right from the Asian Cup, every game he (Kohli) got runs, not just runs, there was improvement coming. I think the power play is back. He makes confidence in his power play,” Manjrekar said on Sports The 18-year-old’s “Sports Over The Top” show.
“There was a time when he was getting carries but his power play wasn’t coming to his full disposal. It’s starting to happen,” Manjrekar said.
The fact that he’s able to hit good boundary balls is a welcome sign, Manjrekar said.
“He sends good balls for the big limits and the sixes. It’s all about confidence. He’s a guy who has a lot of self-confidence and pushes himself towards excellence, but for a long time the runs weren’t coming. not and his confidence was tender.
Kohli was the second best run getter in the Asian Cup, scoring 276 in five innings at an average of 92.00, a strike rate of 147.59 with two half centuries and a ton.
“During the Asian Cup, slowly and steadily, some things started to happen, the shots came in and the sixes started going more into the stands than going over the rope like in the IPL So the pieces were falling to crop the perfect picture. Now it’s about putting all those sorts of performances in the main event,” he added.
In the following three-game T20 series against Australia at home, which India won 2–1, Kohli totaled 76 runs in three sets with an average of 25.33, 63 being his highest individual score.
Returning from injury, Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel leaked points in the series against Australia, ending with a 12-over save rate.
And Manjrekar pointed out the reasons behind the duo’s lackluster performance.
“Bhuvneshwar is overworked”
The cricketer-turned-commentator believes Bhuvneshwar is overworked.
“With Bhuvneshwar Kumar it’s never a very simple answer, but you have to give one of the simple answers and one of the main reasons why Bhuvi seems to be in turmoil – plays too much cricket. In the sense that he is also played every game in this series,” he said.
“The Bhuvneshwar Kumar I’ve seen over the years, he’s not one of the strongest guys, he’s not someone who takes a lot of work, he plays one format and hardly any other .
“He’s somebody if you notice him, barring injury, if he comes later on a break to play in any tournament, he’s at his best in the first few games. So I’m going to note the current performance of Bhuvneshwar Kumar to match fatigue.”
Manjrekar said Harshal had limitations as a pacemaker.
“Harshal Patel has limitations as a tailoring bowler but India must be considered as one of the third tailoring options and must consider a few others as options and I continue to stress Mohammed Shami as the other option .”