Ramiz Raja has opined that Virat Kohli can learn from the way KL Rahul bats.

At 125-4, things were wonderfully poised for the battle to continue but the weather had other ideas, with bad light and rain combining to wipe out the second half of the day. Just three balls were possible from 2:30 p.m., Anderson sending down one in the briefest of restarts at 4:15 p.m., and another two at 5 p.m. On both occasions, the rain returned with comically poor timing.

There was no doubting the highlight of the 33.4 overs that were possible, with the notoriously dour Anderson wheeling away in delight and beaming after snaring Kohli’s outside edge with a typically challenging welcome delivery.

It was the 619th time he has celebrated a test wicket — taking him to joint third on the all-time list with India great Anil Kumble — but it is hard to remember a time when he has shed his usual reserve so passionately. It was the first time since 2014 he had dismissed Kohli with a red ball, a run of 12 tests home and away, and the moment was a sweet one.

Asked how he would handle Anderson on the eve of the series, the India skipper offered a two-word response: “Just bat.” He followed that plan, but for a shorter time than intended.

Ramiz Raja has opined that Virat Kohli can learn from the way KL Rahul bats.  He further added that Virat should bat with soft hands just like the Indian opener.

“When KL Rahul was batting, there was proper alignment in his game. He was getting close to the ball, knew where his off-stump was. That is how batsmen need to bat in such conditions. Sometimes great players can also learn from younger ones. Virat Kohli can also learn from the way Rahul batted with soft hands. Kohli must not play with hard hands going ahead in the series. He needs to give himself time to settle in,” said Raja on his YouTube channel.

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