Sachin Must Give Call To Virat And Help Him Out: Ajay Jadeja

| Updated: 15 July, 2022 8:05 pm IST

BENGALURU: Former Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja feels batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar must take an initiative and give a call to Virat Kohli – who is going through a lean phase –
to help him sort out his issues. At present, the Indian team is on a tour to England and the right-hander has performed poorly in all the formats.

Kohli scored only 11 and 20 in the Birmingham Test against England. In the 2 T20Is he played, he was dismissed for 1 and 11. On Thursday, he eked out only 16 runs in the second ODI at Lord’s.

“The only man who can relate to what Kohli is going through is Tendulkar. The only man who should give a call and say, ‘Let’s have a drink together. Have a nice meal’. Because who else, since starting at age 14 or 15, never had a bad patch? Only moved forward, and reached the heights which Tendulkar reached?” Jadeja opined.

“So, I can’t think of anyone else, because I believe that everything is in the mind. So, he is a call away from Tendulkar. I hope even if Virat doesn’t call, it’s actually Sachin who should give him a call. Sometimes, young people are in that phase. When you are older, since you have been through that, it’s your duty to make that call. I hope the Master does that,” he added.

In the past, Kohli had sought Sachin’s suggestions after he was tormented by James Anderson in the Test series against England. After he returned to India, Kohli went to see Sachin and candidly talked about his problems. Sachin not only gave him useful tips but also practised with him to iron out technical flaws which had crept into his game.

With Sachin’s help, the fiery batsman overcame his follies and smashed four Test hundreds on the next Australian tour.

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