‘If Fielders Are Quiet…’: Sanjay Manjrekar Says Indian Team Missing ‘Energy’ of Virat Kohli in Ranchi


Last Updated: February 24, 2024, 13:50 IST

Virat Kohli is not part of the ongoing India vs England Test series. (BCCI Photo)

Virat Kohli is not part of the ongoing India vs England Test series. (BCCI Photo)

Sanjay Manjrekar’s comments came while on air for the ongoing 4th Test between India and England in Ranchi.

India’s middle order has certainly been weakened thanks to the absence of a certain Virat Kohli who isn’t part of their ongoing Test series at home against England. Besides his batting prowess, the Indian team, as per Sanjay Manjrekar, is also missing Kohli’s ability to get the crowd behind the players when the opposition is dominating.

Manjrekar was on air on Day 2 of the 4th Test between India and England in Ranchi when he reacted to the tourists enjoying a dominating phase of play with Ollie Robinson bringing up a fine half-century in the company of a well-set centurion Joe Root.

England resumed on their overnight total of 302/7 and looked quite comfortable despite India taking the second new ball in the first over of the morning itself.

“Virat Kohli is one of those guys. If the fielders are quiet, he’ll get the crowd to back the players and bring energy. When Kohli is out on the field, he gets that intensity going. India are missing him. There’s no one quite like him. He carries that energy,” Manrjekar said.

Dinesh Karthik, who was also on commentary duties agreed  and added Kohli has the ‘uncanny knack’ of getting the crowd behind him.



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