Ahead of his potential debut for India in the second Test against England, Rajat Patidar has opened up about aspects of Virat Kohli he has tried to pick by observing the India cricket talisman.
“I always observe his (Kohli) batting from back of the nets, especially his footwork and body movement while batting. I try to learn and add these things into my batting,” Patidar told BCCI.TV. Patidar and Kohli have been teammates at their Indian Premier League team Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Patidar was one of the stars for RCB in IPL 2022, after he came in as a replacement of the injured Luvnith Sisodia.
Patidar could make his debut for India in the second Test against England after KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja were forced to withdraw from the second Test due to injuries. Kohli, meanwhile, has opted out of the first two Tests for “personal reasons”.
The Madhya Pradesh cricketer said that sharing the dressing room with chief coach Rahul Dravid and skipper Rohit Sharma in the ongoing five-match series has also benefited him immensely.
“I have played with many Indian players in the domestic circuit. I have been interacting with Rahul sir since the last two series. I had not spoken a lot with Rohit bhai but I got to speak with him on this tour about batting. He shared his experiences in the nets, all this has increased my confidence,” Patidar said.
He said that he won’t curb his attacking style if he gets to make his Test debut on Friday.
“I have an aggressive batting style and I started playing shots since the beginning of my domestic career. It is in my habit and it’s all about preparation. I have prepared myself that way, so it has become a habit now,” he said “I study the pattern of opponent bowlers, their field placements. I observe how Rohit bhai makes his field placements. I try to add-on these learnings into my game,” he said.
India are trailing 0-1 in the five-match Test series after losing the opener by 28 runs in Hyderabad.