Sunil Gavaskar, a former India captain, has delivered a strong warning to Virat Kohli following his dismal performance in the first round of the three-match series against the West Indies on Sunday in Ahmedabad, when he scored only 8 off four balls.

Alzarri Joseph greeted Kohli with a series of short-pitched deliveries. He struck the first two deliveries for boundaries, helping him cross the 5000 ODI run mark at home, but mistimed the fourth delivery in his attempt to pull it over the fine-leg boundary, and the top edge found the fielder in the deep, ending his aggressive approach to the innings with 8 from 4 balls.

“Even the South Africans, I thought, looked to be trying to bounce off Virat Kohli in one-day cricket, perhaps not so much in Test cricket. He’s one of those batsmen who doesn’t actually duck. He enjoys playing the hook shot, which is a shot that is difficult to master. He doesn’t get it properly in this case. He chose the ball that bounced a little higher and then anticipated the bounce, so it wasn’t exactly in the middle of the bat. It sailed off the cliff, and the catch was made. So, in the upcoming matches, I believe he should be prepared to confront a little more,” said Gavaskar.

The second match will take place on February 9th, followed by the final on February 11th, both at the same location.