IND vs ENG 2016: Virat Kohli Difficult To Dismiss Once Set, Says Chris Woakes
The last time Virat Kohli faced England in a Test series, his batting came a cropper against them. Their fast bowlers ruthlessly exploited his weakness as he could score only 54 runs in four games. But probably that was the last series where Kohli performed so poorly. Since then, the Indian batting sensation has transformed into one of the best batsmen in the world.
Kohli has been in phenomenal form this year and has used that form to make amends for his disastrous tour in 2014. The right-handed batsman has scored 337 runs in the two matches so far including 248 runs (167 and 81) in the second Test at Vizag. His brilliant batting at Vizag helped the hosts to take a 1-0 lead in the series and England all-rounder Chris Woakes has admitted the visitors are finding it tough to dismiss the Indian captain once he gets set.
Speaking to the media ahead of the third Test, Woakes said:“Kohli scored a lot of those runs, Pujara has also scored. Kohli has scored the majority of runs, particularly in that second Test match. So, we are going to have plans to him to try and stop him scoring… Once he gets in, it’s hard to get him out.”
After putting up a brave show in the series opener at Rajkot, England were thrashed by 246 runs in the second Test. However, the all-rounder said there is not much difference in the quality of two teams.
“I feel that the teams are fairly evenly matched.Although we have lost that last Test match, we felt that we have played some good cricket on this tour barring a session maybe,” he said.
He also insisted the English players are in good spirit despite the loss and are determined to win the third Test in Mohali.
He said:“We obviously do have to win here to make sure we can win the series..everyone is in good spirits.”
Woakes, who did not play the second match, is set to replace injured fast bowler Stuart Broad in Mohali. When asked whether Broad’s absence is a huge loss, he said: “Obviously, it will be a huge loss if Stuart doesn’t play..he is a world class bowler, he has been there for a long period of time. He has showed how good he is in one spell he bowled, I think it was one of the morning sessions, the last Test match.”
When asked whether his teammates are fancying their chances in Mohali, which has traditionally assisted pacers, he said: “Potentially, may be…as you mentioned there has been history here that potentially might help the seamers a little bit better but then same time last year’s Test match it was just the opposite.”
Commenting on the Mohali pitch, he said:“Whether the pitch will spin on day one, I am not sure, but at some point it is going to spin, we have gone with three on three over the last two Test matches and the wicket doesn’t seem to look too different to those,” he concluded.
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