Boycott: Kohli's brain has been scrambled

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Former England batsman Geoff Boycott has urged struggling India batsman Virat Kohli to keep a cool head under pressure, and not play overly attacking shots before he's got his eye in.

Former England batsman Geoff Boycott has urged struggling India batsman Virat Kohli to keep a cool head under pressure, and not play overly attacking shots before he's got his eye in.

Kohli has had a generally dire tour of England so far, aside from a half ton in a recent warm-up game, and has been out cheaply in nearly every innings, often thanks to increasingly risky shots.

Boycott wrote on <i>go.cricket.com</i> of Kohli's aggressive shot selection: "It was clearly the shot of a man not thinking straight, one whose brain has been scrambled.

"Kohli has had a rotten time in the Tests, and he must now look beyond that and use his brains to get out of trouble, because talent is no good without intelligence, and Kohli is too talented a player to waste his time and energy in such a manner.

"It seems really strange that a batsman as talented as he is, thinks he has to slog from the word go. At this level of any sport, a lot of the corrections and rectifications come from the player himself, rather than from a coach or manager.

"It is fair to assume that you are capable of correcting the basics, with the occasional expert tip to help you along. So Kohli needs to rethink his approach, calm himself down, and play the game he is used to playing, rather than try to prove a point with every shot."

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