Virat Kohli has blown his trumpet in the England conditions.
Former England skipper Nasser Hussain believes the Indian captain Virat Kohli is the greatest player on the planet right now. There were doubts raised over Virat Kohli’s capabilities while playing in the England conditions. However, with 440 runs in the three Test matches, Kohli has updated his England’s CV in style.
Thus, Kohli has been able to prove his mettle in the English conditions. The talisman right-hander has shown why he is the fulcrum of Indian batting. Kohli has done the basics right in the difficult batting conditions and has come up roses over his England’s hoodoo of 2014 tour. Fstest hundred in test
Nasser Hussain wrote in the column of Sky Sports that he loves the balance Kohli brings up in his game. Kohli is generally seen having a chat with England players. However, he is all focussed when he takes guard.
“I like the balance he has between intensity and having a relaxed nature – he will talk to the umpires, talk to Anderson, Stokes and Jos Buttler but the moment he is on strike, boy, doesn’t he switch on,” wrote Hussain.
“Kohli might not feel he had a point to prove in England after his 2014 tour but world cricket was waiting to see if he could get runs here to cement himself as a great and be up there with Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar for India.
Nasser Hussain went on add Virat Kohli has put all the doubts at bay over his capabilities of scoring runs in England. Thus, Hussain went on to praise Virat Kohli for his prolific run of form.
“He has put any doubts well and truly to bed, with 400 runs in conditions that have been very bowler-friendly. He is far from a flat-track bully. It’s been an outstanding performance from a great, great player. I believe he is the greatest player on the planet right now.”
On the other hand, former England skipper Michael Vaughan also showered praise on Virat Kohli. Kohli scored 97 and 103 at Trent Bridge to once again regain his numero uno position in the ICC Test Rankings.
“There are many really great players but he is the stand-out across all the three formats of this era by a country mile,” Michael Vaughan told Test Match Special. “He’s got the gift to play all around the wicket in every single format.”
Vaughan went on to reveal that Virat Kohli has come up with a clear mindset to leave balls outside the off-stump, which has played a key role in his success.
“On this tour, he has left well and made the bowlers bowl to him,” Vaughan added. “It looks to me as though he has been working on this for some time and come with a clear plan. There were questions about if he could bat in English conditions. No question in my mind; he is the best batsman in the world across all three formats.”
Virat Kohli has batted at the top of his game as he has brought his A-game to the table. He is a world-class batsman and has proven his worth in England. Thus, Nasser Hussain has hit the bullseye with his analysis.