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WTC Final: Virat Kohli has got back luck which had deserted him during rough patch, says Sunil Gavaskar

Written by Vipin Darwade

Sunil Gavaskar feels that Virat Kohli has got back luck on his side, which had seemingly deserted him during his rough patch in international cricket not too long ago.

Kohli had averaged less than 30 in the last three years in Test cricket. However, the 34-year-old has had a great start to life in 2023 as he scored his best score of 186 against Australia during the final Test of the Border-Gavaskar trophy series.

Kohli will be one of the key players for India heading into the WTC Final against the Aussies at the Oval. The Indian star has a fantastic record against Australia in Tests. In the 24 matches he has played against the Aussies, the star batter has scored 1979 runs at an average of 48.26. Kohli has scored 8 hundreds against Australia as well.

Kohli will be entering the WTC Final on the back of a fantastic IPL 2023 campaign, where he scored 639 runs for RCB in 14 matches.

Speaking to Star Sports, as quoted by Sportskeeda, Gavaskar said that once Kohli returned to form, he started to have luck also go in his favour, which had seemingly deserted him during his rough patch.

“Every player goes through things called bad patch or lean patch. So I think that was what was happening. Then later on once he started to get the runs, you would again have noticed that in the early stages, he was having a bit of luck.”

“The inside edges were going near the stumps but not hitting the stumps, the catches being dropped or the catches being just a little bit away from the fielder. So that little bit of luck that every batter needs, which had deserted him in that barren period, he has got it back,” said Gavaskar.

Gavaskar also said he wasn’t surprised to see Kohli back amongst the runs as he has got wonderful temperament and is also a technically good player.

“Otherwise, he has got a wonderful temperament, he has got the hunger for runs, and technically also he is very good. So no wonder that he has been back among the runs.”

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