After nearly three years of century drought, Virat Kohli has returned to his familiar form. Kohli, who has not seen a century for a long time, saw the magic score of three figures with his bat, after 1020 days in the last Asia Cup match against Afghanistan. Since then he has been scoring centuries consistently. And the Indian batsman credited the throwdown experts, the hidden heroes behind this success.
Many cricketers are heard to highlight the contribution of the coaching staff after success with the bat-ball. But Kohli is a little more exceptional than that. The best batsman of all time brought forward the contribution of the batsmen who practice throwing the ball day after day in the nets of India. Kohli said this in an interview recently.
Highlighting the contribution of throwdown experts, Kohli said, “Before playing any match, naturally we practice at the nets. The throwdown experts give us all world-class practice there. They throw us the ball at speeds of 145-150 km per hour. It is quite a challenge for the batsmen. We came down to play the match.”
Acknowledging the contribution of throwdown experts in his career, Kohli also said, “Practice makes our fight with them (throwdown experts) better. When I became a cricketer, there is a big difference between now and the practice in the nets. That’s why the contribution of the hidden heroes.” should be acknowledged. They should be recognized.”
Note that the Indian team has D Raghavendra, Nuwan Senaviratne and Dayanand Garani as throwdown specialists. Meanwhile, Garani joined cricket from being a police volunteer. Senaviratne joined the Indian team in 2018. However, he has worked with the Sri Lankan team for almost a decade before this. Besides, Raghavendra could not become a cricketer and eventually became a throwdown specialist. Kohli also thanked all of them.