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India vs England 2014

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
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Wasim Jaffer: Virat Kohli’s Defending Deliveries On The 6th Or The 7th Stump

Wasim Jaffer has advised the India skipper to rethink the pattern of his dismissals as he is critical of Virat Kohli’s performance in the ongoing Test series against England.

Expected to steer India’s challenge with the bat in the 5-match Test series against England, Virat Kohli has been a shadow of himself on the tour. While many experts and fans have called for the India skipper to alter his technique a little, there are others who have advised him to not be as aggressive.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli[photo: Twitter]

Wasim Jaffer: Virat Kohli’s Defending Deliveries On The 6th Or The 7th Stump

Former India cricketer, Wasim Jaffer, feels Virat Kohli needs to re-evaluate the pattern of his dismissals as he is defending deliveries even at the 6th and 7th stump. The discipline that Virat Kohli had shown in 2018, Wasim Jaffer feels has not been put on display in the current tour.

“Virat got a half-century but we expect a lot more because he’s a quality player, a class player. He probably needs to rethink the pattern of his dismissals in this series, he’s defending deliveries on the 6th or 7th stump,” said Wasim Jaffer.

“The batting discipline he showed in 2018 is missing in this series. He needs to fire in these remaining Tests because his contribution is very, very important for this Indian team,” Wasim Jaffer said in the video.

Wasim Jaffer (Credits: Twitter)
Wasim Jaffer (Credits: Twitter)

With just a single half-century on the tour, Virat Kohli has been struggling to assert his dominance in the series. In the latest ICC Rankings, the 32-year-old even dropped out of the top 5 for the first time in five years. The 55 runs he scored in his last knock is his only half-century of the series to date. Across formats, the India skipper hasn’t scored a century since November 2019.

Virat Kohli Was Dismissed Every Time With The Ball Taking An Outside Edge Before Going To The Keeper

While Virat Kohli was aiming to have another 2018-like tour of England, the current series has been closer to the outing he had in 2014. Speaking of his dismal show in 2014, Virat Kohli himself had told former England skipper Nasser Hussain in 2016-17 that he was expecting the deliveries to come in too much. Worried about the ball hitting the stumps, Virat Kohli kept pushing at balls he should ideally have left.

Stuart Broad celebrates dismissing Virat Kohli during the 2014 series. Pic: Getty Images
Stuart Broad celebrates dismissing Virat Kohli during the 2014 series. Pic: Getty Images

Even this series has been quite similar, with all 5 of Virat Kohli’s dismissals coming with the ball taking an outside edge before going into the hands of the wicket-keeper of the slip fielders. The experts have advised Virat Kohli against chasing the deliveries outside the off-stump as much as he has on the tour.  It remains to be seen what changes Virat Kohli will bring to his approach, if any, in the last two Tests.

Virat Kohli hasn’t had the best time with the bat in India’s ongoing tour of England. In three Tests, the skipper has only scored 124 runs at an average of 24.80, which is much lower than the bar he’s set at the biggest stage.

In the 2014 England tour, the Indian skipper had a horrific series where he ended up scoring only 134 runs from four Tests. He averaged only 13, with scores of 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6, and 20. Virat Kohli had contrasting tours of England in 2014 and 2018. In 2014, he managed only 134 runs in five Tests at a poor average of 13.40. Four years later, he hammered 593 runs in the five-match Test series. Virat Kohli averaged 59.30 with two hundred in the 2018 England tour.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
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Virat Kohli Is Under A Lot Of Pressure Himself As Expectations From Him Are Huge: WV Raman

Virat Kohli hasn’t had the best time with the bat in India’s ongoing tour of England. In three Tests, the skipper has only scored 124 runs at an average of 24.80, which is much lower than the bar he’s set at the biggest stage. And his team’s heavy defeat in the third Test at Headingley has only made things worse. However, WV Raman has suggested a solution to his problems.

Virat Kohli was caught behind in all five innings that he batted in the series so far. He got out twice each to pacers James Anderson and Ollie Robinson, and once to pace all-rounder Sam Curran. Fellow England skipper Joe Root, on the other hand, has amassed 507 runs at a Bradmanesque average of 126.75.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli[photo: Twitter]

Virat Kohli Is Under A Lot Of Pressure: WV Raman

While speaking during an interaction arranged by Sony, the former India cricketer stated Virat Kohli is under pressure himself and that people “pay a lot of attention to everything he does.”

“See we cannot really fault him. What can generally be the norm in life and other spheres might not apply in cricket always. I mean, what has happened is, there is a lot of pressure on Virat himself. We pay a lot of attention to everything he does. We know he is one of the best batsmen so we expect a lot from him. It’s similar to how it was with Sachin Tendulkar when he was playing. Even 95 was considered a failure,” WV Raman said.

WV Raman PC: Twitter
WV Raman PC: Twitter

He then went on to give a piece of advice to Virat Kohli; saying that he should just “nudge the others from begins” and “lead from behind.”

“If I was Virat’s coach, I would tell him: “Virat, enough of this leading from the front. Just try and nudge the others from behind and get them to do what they can deliver. I’m sure you’ll be back at your best in no time”.

“He did show shades of his old game/fluency in the last innings. I’m sure he will definitely do well in the next two Test matches. As a leader, I’ll tell him, you need to discard and forget this thing of leading from the front. Nudge others and lead from behind,” explained WV Raman.

England leveled the five-match series 1-1 after romping to an innings and 76 runs win. The fourth Test will be played at the Kennington Oval, starting Thursday.

Virat Kohli Had A Poor Series In The 2014 England Tour Too

Virat Kohli has scored just 124 runs at a lowly average of 24.80 in the five innings he has played so far. The 55 runs he scored in his last knock is his only half-century of the series to date. Across formats, the India skipper hasn’t scored a century since November 2019 and has also slipped to the 5th spot in the ICC Test rankings as a batsman.

Stuart Broad celebrates dismissing Virat Kohli during the 2014 series. Pic: Getty Images
Stuart Broad celebrates dismissing Virat Kohli during the 2014 series. Pic: Getty Images

In the 2014 England tour, the Indian skipper had a horrific series where he ended up scoring only 134 runs from four Tests. He averaged only 13, with scores of 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6, and 20. Virat Kohli had contrasting tours of England in 2014 and 2018. In 2014, he managed only 134 runs in five Tests at a poor average of 13.40. Four years later, he hammered 593 runs in the five-Test series. Virat Kohli averaged 59.30 with two hundred in 2018.

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Virat Kohli[photo: Twitter]
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More Than Technical Aspects, Virat Kohli’s Aggressive Thinking Is Causing Him Problems: Irfan Pathan

Irfan Pathan believes aggressive instinct rather than any technical deficiency has led to Virat Kohli’s indifferent run in the series against England thus far. Virat Kohli has scored just 124 runs at a lowly average of 24.80 in the five innings he has played so far. The 55 runs he scored in his last knock is his only half-century of the series to date.

Across formats, the India skipper hasn’t scored a century since November 2019 and has also slipped to the 5th spot in the ICC Test rankings as a batsman.

Irfan Pathan (R) and a young Virat Kohli in 2012. (Getty Images)
Irfan Pathan (R) and a young Virat Kohli in 2012. (Getty Images)

Irfan Pathan: More Than Technical Aspects, Virat Kohli’s Aggressive Thinking Is Causing Him Problems

During an interaction on Aakash Chopra’s YouTube channel, Irfan Pathan attributed Virat Kohli’s underwhelming performance to his dominating nature.

Irfan Pathan said: “I feel more than the preparation, Virat Kohli looking to dominate is forcing him to play deliveries outside off-stump. It is just that small thing. More than technical, Virat Kohli’s aggressive thinking is causing him problems.”

Anjum Chopra: A multi-talented sportsperson who went to become one of the legends in Indian women’s cricket
Anjum Chopra was a basketball player, state-level swimmer, and one of the best-ever batswomen in Indian women’s cricket history © Getty Images

Anjum Chopra feels Virat Kohli’s pursuit of excellence has led to his downfall.

“He also knows that he has to score runs. But the thing about error-free batting, that he will make a statement is putting more weight on his shoulders and maybe not allowing him to move freely. I feel he needs to bring his standard slightly lower than the error-free batting he is trying to do,” said Anjum Chopra.

Virat Kohli has been targeted outside the off-stump by the English bowlers. They have played with his patience and eventually got him to poke at deliveries to be caught behind the wickets.

Irfan Pathan is a former Indian cricketer and actor. He was a bowling all-rounder and a member of the Indian cricket team that won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 and 2013 ICC 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. Beginning his career as a fast-medium swing and seam bowler, Irfan Pathan broke into the national team soon after turning 19 and evoked comparisons with Pakistan’s Wasim Akram with his promising performances and prodigious swing.

Virat Kohli Has Lost Patience Against England Bowlers: Sanjay Bangar

Sanjay Bangar pointed out that Virat Kohli has lost the battle of patience against the England bowlers.

He observed: “The bottom line as far as I am concerned is that Virat Kohli has not shown the patience that England bowlers have shown against him. That was the only difference.”

The former Indian batting coach added that Virat Kohli’s mode of dismissals has been slightly different from the ones in 2014.

Bangar explained: “He has not got out defending a lot of times. He has gone towards the ball in all his dismissals. If you see his dismissals from 2014, he did not get out playing the drive as many times as he got out defending. I feel he is playing the sixth or seventh stump delivery, which is not required to be played.”

Sanjay Bangar | Twitter: ANI Digital
Sanjay Bangar | Twitter: ANI Digital

With the series tied at one apiece and all to play for, the Indian skipper will hope to rise to the occasion and play telling knocks in the remaining two Test matches.

In the 2014 England tour, the Indian skipper had a horrific series where he ended up scoring only 134 runs from four Tests. He averaged only 13, with scores of 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6, and 20.

Virat Kohli had contrasting tours of England in 2014 and 2018. In 2014, he managed only 134 runs in five Tests at a poor average of 13.40. Four years later, he hammered 593 runs in the five-Test series. Virat Kohli averaged 59.30 with two hundred in 2018.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
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Virat Kohli Is Finding Ways On How To Score Runs: Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra has pointed out that the Indian skipper figuring out ways to score runs is the fundamental difference between Virat Kohli and Joe Root at the moment.

Virat Kohli has scored just 124 runs at a below-par average of 24.80 in the three Tests against England so far. Joe Root, on the other hand, has amassed 507 runs at a Bradmanesque average of 126.75.

Joe Root, Virat Kohli (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Joe Root, Virat Kohli (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Aakash Chopra: Virat Kohli Is Still Trying To Figure Out Ways On How To Score Runs

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra was asked about the fundamental difference between Virat Kohli and Joe Root in the ongoing series.

He replied: “There is a difference in runs. Root has reached 725, don’t know where he has reached, he is not stopping at all and is in a purple patch. Kohli is trying to figure out ways on how to score runs. It is not easy.”

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli[photo: Twitter]
The cricketer-turned-commentator highlighted that Virat Kohli seems to be low on confidence because of the lack of runs from his willow in recent times.

Aakash Chopra elaborated: “I feel confidence makes a huge difference, from where you are starting. India’s last Test series was against England in India, those were tough pitches, only Rohit Sharma could leave an impression as a batsman, a century each from Rishabh Pant and Ravichandran Ashwin, but that’s about it.”

Virat Kohli managed just 172 runs at an underwhelming average of 28.67 in the four Tests against England on home soil in 2020/21. Across formats, the India skipper hasn’t scored a century since November 2019 and has also slipped to the 5th spot in the ICC Test rankings as a batsman.

In the 2014 England tour, the Indian skipper had a horrific series where he ended up scoring only 134 runs from four Tests. He averaged only 13, with scores of 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6, and 20. Virat Kohli had contrasting tours of England in 2014 and 2018. In 2014, he managed only 134 runs in five Tests at a poor average of 13.40. Four years later, he hammered 593 runs in the five-Test series. Virat Kohli averaged 59.30 with two hundred in 2018.

Aakash Chopra: Virat Kohli Is Finding Out Ways To Score Runs In Challenging Conditions

Aakash Chopra pointed out that the seamer-friendly conditions in England are adding to Virat Kohli’s woes. Virat Kohli has been nicked out on every occasion.

He explained: “These are again challenging conditions. The opposition is bowling well and you are repeatedly getting out. The mindset and form Joe Root has, there is no false shot at all. The other batsmen are falling at the other end but there is no impact on the player.”

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The former India opener signed off by stating that Virat Kohli is going through a lean patch, which happens with every cricketer.

Chopra observed: “He is in his own zone like Virat Kohli was in 2018. Every great player, who plays for a long time, will always go through such a phase sometime or the other where you will either get into a purple patch or you are just trying to figure out ways to score runs, sometimes ugly runs. That is what Virat Kohli is doing at the moment.”

The England bowlers have targeted Virat Kohli outside the off-stump and played with his patience. The Indian skipper had refrained from playing such deliveries for the majority of the time during his successful stint in 2018.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
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Virat Kohli Can’t Be Written Off After Only Three Innings: Ajit Agarkar

Virat Kohli’s scores in three innings of the five-match Test series against England are 0, 42, and 20 so far. Across formats, the India skipper hasn’t scored a century since November 2019 and has also slipped to the 5th spot in the ICC Test rankings as a batsman.

As the Indian cricket team continues to scale new heights under Virat Kohli’s captaincy, the Indian skipper’s century drought continues as he is yet to score a big knock in the ongoing 5-match series against Joe Root-led England. Former Indian pacer Ajit Agarkar backed the Indian captain saying he cannot be written off as a result of his scores in the last three innings.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli[photo: Twitter]

Virat Kohli Can’t Be Written Off After Only 3 Innings: Ajit Agarkar

At a press conference, Ajit Agarkar lauded Virat Kohli as a modern-day great and said he cannot be written off based on scores in his last three innings.

“Let’s wait and see, but in three innings you do not want to write someone off who has been a modern-day great,” Agarkar said.

After witnessing a forgettable tour to England in 2014, Virat Kohli bounced back in the 2018 series against The Three Lions, something which Ajit Agarkar went on to highlight.

“Virat Kohli got runs against England in the 2018 series with all their bowlers available. He got a great ball from James Anderson in the first Test, fought hard for his 40 odd in the second Test.

“You bowl an outswinger to batsmen in the corridor, they will knick the ball. These are conditions where the ball does swing and seam around. Bowling on the fourth stump is very difficult to play for most batsmen,” he added.

Ajit Agarkar Photo: AFP
Ajit Agarkar Photo: AFP

Virat Kohli was dismissed for a duck in the first innings of the first Test by James Anderson and was looking good in the second Test before he was removed on 42 by Ollie Robinson in the first innings of the Lord’s Test and on 20 by left-arm pacer Sam Curran.

Ajit Agarkar: Virat Kohli Will Like To Get Big Runs

Ajit Agarkar added that since Virat Kohli has not scored many runs lately, his dismissal against Sam Curran would be because he himself wanted to score some runs.

“When a bowler is in good spell, that Sam Curran ball in the second innings of the Lord’s Test was good deception. I am sure Kohli will like to get runs and all fans would like him to get big runs. The guy has got enough runs in international cricket, and maybe when you do not get runs, you are eager to get into the series, that might have happened,” he added.

File image of Sam Curran | Reuters
File image of Sam Curran | Reuters

Under Virat Kohli’s leadership, the visitors produced a memorable comeback in the Lord’s Test to win the contest by 151 runs. High on confidence with the comprehensive win, India would look to win the second Test beginning from August 25 to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 5-match series.

Virat Kohli in the past had opened up about his struggles with form and his mental well-being during the tour of England in 2014. The Indian skipper had a horrific series where he ended up scoring only 134 runs from four Tests. He averaged only 13, with scores of 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6, and 20.

Virat Kohli had contrasting tours of England in 2014 and 2018. In 2014, he managed only 134 runs in five Tests at a poor average of 13.40. Four years later, he hammered 593 runs in the five-Test series. Virat Kohli averaged 59.30 with two hundred in 2018.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
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Virat Kohli Said Hardly Anyone Came To Help Him After Poor Returns In 2014 England Tour

Virat Kohli in the past had opened up about his struggles with form and his mental well-being during the tour of England in 2014. The Indian skipper had a horrific series where he ended up scoring only 134 runs from four Tests. He averaged only 13, with scores of 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6, and 20.

Virat Kohli had contrasting tours of England in 2014 and 2018. In 2014, he managed only 134 runs in five Tests at a poor average of 13.40. Four years later, he hammered 593 runs in the five-Test series. Virat Kohli averaged 59.30 with two hundred in 2018.

Virat Kohli scored 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6 and 20 in 5 Tests in England in 2014 (Reuters Photo)
Virat Kohli scored 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6 and 20 in 5 Tests in England in 2014 (Reuters Photo)

Virat Kohli Said Hardly Anyone Came To Help Him After The Poor Returns In the England Tour In 2014

Virat Kohli has been on two tours of England before the ongoing tour since he made his Test debut for India. In the first tour in 2014, he was all over the place, scoring just 134 runs from 10 innings, statistically the India captain’s worst in a three-Test series or more. However, four years later, Virat Kohli turned it around in style, scoring a mammoth 593 runs from five Tests, including two centuries and three fifties.

“To be honest before that Australia tour, I was treating every foreign tour like, more like an engineering exam, that I have to pass somehow and I have to show people that I can play at this level,” Kohli told Dinesh Karthik in an interaction on Sky Sports.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli[photo: Twitter]

“There I realized that once you are down and out, there was hardly anyone who came to help me, there was hardly anyone who was looking towards me and saying listen let’s work together and you know try to get your game up to speed, everyone was just going after me left, right and center. So, I was like I am playing to prove these people long, for what, I have got nothing to do with them, they literally have nothing to contribute in my life.”

Post the tour, Virat Kohli had a successful outing in Australia later that year, having amassed colossal 692 runs in four matches at a healthy average of 86.50.

Virat Kohli Asked Sachin Tendulkar For His Help

Virar Kohli further said how talking to Sachin Tendulkar helped him. Sachin Tendulkar, legendary former Indian batsman said he is proud of Virat Kohli’s achievements after the Indian skipper decided to open up on his battle against depression in 2014 during the tour of England.

Virat Kohli had opened up on battling depression way back in 2014 during the tour of England saying that he felt like he was the “loneliest guy in the world”.

“So, I went back home, I was down for quite a bit, the great thing that happened at that stage was, I realized who is with me, who’s not, things were filtered to an extent that I just got so relaxed when I went back home, I was like okay. I have hit a rock bottom now, no one believes in me, everyone thinks I should not be playing Test cricket, so what can I do, I can just work hard as I can,” Kohli elaborated.

Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar [Image Courtesy: Twitter]
Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar [Image Courtesy: Twitter]

“I went into a bubble, I went to Bombay as well, I called Sachin Tendulkar, I asked for his help, I said I want to get my game right, I want to understand what it is like to score runs at this level, my mindset was simple.

“I went back home and I told myself, listen you can’t play Test cricket to show people that you can play in England, Australia and not get out. If you don’t score it is not a point, you play this game to make your team win. So my mindset was I am going to go to Australia and how I am going to score runs against these guys.”

“I wasn’t going out there to survive, and from the time I got back home till the Australia tour, I promise you I was visualizing every day, when I was working out in the gym, that I am hitting Mitchell Johnson.

:I am hitting these guys all over the park. Those things came to life eventually because I convinced myself to an extent, when I went there I was absolutely fearless and things just started flowing.”

He had a poor outing in the 2014 England tour, but came back strongly, slamming a couple of centuries in the same country in 2018.

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Graeme Swann Hopes Virat Kohli Will Come Out Flying In The 5-Match Test Series Against England

Graeme Swann has made his point known in the build-up to the Virat Kohli and Jimmy Anderson battle in the upcoming five-match Test series between India and England.

Graeme Swann, on Thursday, juxtaposed the Indian skipper’s batting prowess during the 2014 and 2018 tours of England. He recalled how Virat Kohli used to get out ‘for fun’ against James Anderson before turning it around drastically in 2018.

Ex England bowler Graeme Swann (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Specsavers)
Ex England bowler Graeme Swann (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Specsavers)

Graeme Swann: James Anderson Used To Dismiss Virat Kohli For Fun In 2014 Before He Worked On His Game To Ensure He Didn’t Get Dismissed Again

The former spinner also hailed Virat Kohli as a batsman now capable of dominating in all time zones.

“The thing with Virat Kohli is, the last time he came here absolutely dominated the series. And again, to put the negative stand there and say ‘Oh Jimmy Anderson got his out for fun’… Jimmy Anderson ‘used to’ get him out for fun in England and it was embarrassing.”

“Virat Kohli went away, worked on his game to an extent that he didn’t get out at all to Jimmy and he dominated in England. I am sure he’s watching the videos, remembering his techniques against that English attack and I would back Virat Kohli to score runs anywhere in the world at any time,” Graeme Swann told in an exclusive interview.

James Anderson
James Anderson (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

In 2014, which was the then youngster Virat Kohli’s first Test tour of the UK, he could muster just 134 runs from 10 innings with the highest score of 39. The English bowlers exposed his weakness outside the off-stump to the hilt. While James Anderson dismissed him four times, Stuart Broad and Chris Jordan got him out twice each.

Instead of getting bogged down and with major support from the team management, Virat Kohli battled the mental toll to return with a bang in India’s next tour of the county in 2018. Virat Kohli, completing a four-year cycle as India’s Test captain, got his revenge against Joe Root-led England by scoring a chart-topping 593 runs, including three centuries. Although India lost the series, James Anderson couldn’t get his nemesis out even once.

Graeme Swann Hopes Virat Kohli Will Come Our Flying In The India- England 5 Match Test Series

India is now set to tour the UK again after three years. Virat Kohli is under pressure because of a century drought and the recent defeat in the World Test Championship final. Graeme Swann believes that a ‘world-class’ player like him will be up to the challenge and will come out with flying colours against all odds.

“The caveat that comes with being one of the ‘Big Four’, you are expected to score a big hundred either every Test match or every other Test match. That’s by your fans, your teammates [but] it’s hard work to do that. When you think that Virat hasn’t played for six months almost and he’s been in Covid bubbles, to come out with the same expectations in a one-off Test against New Zealand.”

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source: AP IMAGE

“I think he still scored 70 runs in the game. He’s going to have five matches against England and a truly world-class player like Virat will be fine and he’ll come out flying in that series. He might not do that in the first Test, but by the end of the series, he’ll be one of the Big Four again,” Swann, who played 178 internationals for England, added.

Virat Kohli had contrasting tours of England in 2014 and 2018. In 2014, he managed only 134 runs in five Tests at a poor average of 13.40. Four years later, he hammered 593 runs in the five-Test series. Virat Kohli averaged 59.30 with two hundred in 2018. The first of the five Tests will commence on August 4 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

Stuart Broad celebrates dismissing Virat Kohli during the 2014 series. Pic: Getty Images
Stuart Broad celebrates dismissing Virat Kohli during the 2014 series. Pic: Getty Images
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Virat Kohli Struggled In The 2014 England Tour For Not Offering Full Face Of The Bat, Says WV Raman

WV Raman, a former India cricketer, and former women team’s coach is of the opinion that Virat Kohli struggled during the 2014 England tour because he was too keen on trying to get behind the line of the ball.

According to WV Raman, since Virat Kohli was so preoccupied with the technical aspect, he was actually not offering the full face of the bat.

WV Raman PC: Twitter
WV Raman PC: Twitter

WV Raman: Virat Kohli Was Not Offering The Full Face Of The Bat In The 2014 England Tour

Virat Kohli had contrasting tours of England in 2014 and 2018. In 2014, he managed only 134 runs in five Tests at a poor average of 13.40. Four years later, he hammered 593 runs in the five-Test series. Virat Kohli averaged 59.30 with two hundred in 2018.

Reflecting on what went wrong for Virat Kohli on his first Test tour of England, WV Raman told the Hindustan Times in an interview: “I think in 2014 he (Virat Kohli) was so keen to get right behind the line of the ball that his bat at times was struggling to get down on time. He was not offering the full face of the bat.”

“Sometimes when you are too keen to play it the correct way that you forget to relax. For example, beside the line, a player need not alter his technique completely to succeed in England. He needs to ensure that doesn’t play his shots far too early in the innings and pick his deliveries smartly,” said WV Raman.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source: AP IMAGE

The 56-year-old added that players need to make subtle changes to their game to adapt to conditions.

WV Raman explained in this regard: “At this level, it is all about these subtle changes. When you are on a tour, it is very difficult to suddenly bat like someone else in a matter of two weeks. When you are used to playing a certain way for so many years, you need to maintain that and find ways to cope with difficult scenarios.”

Virat Kohli has been on two tours of England since he made his Test debut for India. In the first tour in 2014, he was all over the place, scoring just 134 runs from 10 innings, statistically the India captain’s worst in a three-Test series or more. However, four years later, Virat Kohli turned it around in style, scoring a mammoth 593 runs from five Tests, including two centuries and three fifties.

Virat Kohli Will Have Doubts About James Anderson When The Ball Is Moving: Irfan Pathan

According to former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan, Virat Kohli will definitely have his doubts when he comes up against James Anderson despite his success on the previous tour. James Anderson was Virat Kohli’s nemesis during the 2014 series as he constantly troubled him with nagging lines outside the off-stump.

Irfan Pathan wrote in his column for the Playfield Magazine: “You ask Virat Kohli, he will never worry about Mitchell Johnson bowling fast because he knows he can come in line, but he will always have doubts about James Anderson. No batsman in the world is comfortable when the ball is moving. The corridor of uncertainty, remember? It will remain open forever.”

James Anderson
James Anderson (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Virat Kohli will lead India in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand, followed by the five-match Test series against England.

The 38-year-old James Anderson, already England’s most successful Test bowler with 616 wickets — the most by any pacer in the format — has had the far more physically demanding task of leading the attack. James Anderson became England’s most-capped Test player when he played his 162nd Test in the 2nd Test vs New Zealand at Edgbaston.