How Rahul Dravid can help Virat Kohli get back into shape in South Africa, says former Indian cricketer Saba Karim

Centurions: Besides the draft call on whether to play an extra hitter or a bowler would be there, the other concern which would be Virat Kohli’s form. Kohli – who is arguably the best hitter of the generation – has been going through a slump recently. Former Indian cricketer Saba Karim believes coach Rahul Dravid can help Kohli get back into shape.Read also – Rashid Latif goes back to the 90s to highlight the similarities between Pakistan and India: says the Kumble-Ganguly-Dravid trio very loudly

The former India wicketkeeper believes Dravid can tell Kohli how a certain bowler is targeting him and what he should ideally do to counter that. Karim said during a speech on India News: “The advantage with Rahul Dravid is that he can tell Virat how the bowler is targeting him, what is the bowler’s thinking. You observe all of this sitting outside as a coach and then you can tell all of this to the player in the middle. ALSO READ – EXCLUSIVE: Ex-India flyhalf Arun Lal picks Kohli’s One Knock as Indian cricket’s turning point; Keeps Sehwag ahead of Tendulkar as match winner

Karim felt that experienced Dravid knew exactly what needed to be said and no one had to worry about it. Also Read – Virat Kohli is good in his own right but Dhoni, Kapil and Ganguly were better captains, says Sanjay Manjrekar

“With Rahul Dravid’s experience, he knows very well what to say and what not to say. When a player has reached this level, he learns a lot on his own and finds solutions by function of himself and Rahul Dravid will step in where the solutions are not found. That’s why I think this combination will be good,” he added.

Karim also felt that Kohli knew he had to shoot to inspire others so he was spending extra hours in the net ahead of the first test. Karim said: “He also knows that because he comes up to bat at No. 4, if his bat hits and he scores the big runs, the players around him will also start contributing. And that’s why I think his preparations should be perfect and he’s spending more time in the net.

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