Port of Spain (Trinidad), Aug 22: Confidence and self-belief. These are the two ingredients which will help India Test captain Virat Kohli to continue his prolific run-scoring form in international cricket, according to Gordon Greenidge, the former opening batsman from West Indies.
The 27-year-old Kohli is enjoying success in all 3 formats of the game. He is one of the best batsmen at the moment. Recently, he notched up his maiden double century in Tests, against West Indies.
The 4-Test series between India and West Indies ends today (August 22) with India already having sealed the rubber at 2-0. Rain has ruined play for 3 consecutive days and the match is set to end in a draw.
In an interview to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), 65-year-old Greenidge was asked about Kohli's roaring form in international cricket and how he can continue in same way. He emphasised on confidence and self-belief.
Greenidge explained, "If he (Kohli) has the self-belief, he will keep continuing. Eventually, it is the form that leaves you and then there is a little bit of disbelief. As long as the confidence stays, you will find players like Virat perform continuously.
"There will come a time when the form or lack of self-belief will cause him to be not as dominant as he is now. Then, he will have to take stock and perhaps take a step or two back and maneuver his way back into the position he is in at the moment. Good luck to him. He has an excellent play, very attractive and everyone wants to see him."
One of the most destructive batsmen during his time, Greenidge amassed 7,558 runs in 108 Tests with 19 centuries. He and Desmond Haynes were among the best opening batsmen. The pair has 6,482 runs in Test partnership, 3rd highest in history.
After the Test series, India and West Indies will play 2 Twenty20 Internationals on August 27, 28 in USA.