Nasser Hussain Predicted 5th Day Was Going To Be A Test Of Virat Kohli’s captaincy And He Passed The Test With Flying Colours
India’s triumph at The Oval on Sunday left many experts of the game spellbound. Meanwhile, former England captain Nasser Hussain, in his latest column wrote highly of Virat Kohli’s captaincy. The cricketer-turned-commentator stated that Virar Kohli has passed his captaincy test with ‘flying colours’ as he led his side to a historic Test win.
“I said at the start of the fifth day that it was going to be a big test of Virat Kohli’s captaincy and he passed that test with flying colours,” Hussain wrote in his column in the DailyMail.
“That Oval pitch offered very little for the seamers and only a bit of rough for Ravindra Jadeja’s left-arm spin. But somehow, he manufactured 10 English wickets on the last day. Every bowling change worked, and so did every tweak to the field. And when he took the second new ball after tea, it produced a wicket straightaway, with Umesh Yadav getting Craig Overton,” he added.
Nasser Hussain claimed that Virat Kohli passed his captaincy test with flying colours as all three results were possible on the final day. Given the affinity of the Oval pitch towards the batsman in the latter days of a Test, doubts were raised about whether the Indian bowling unit could claim 10 wickets, especially when they returned empty-handed at the end of Day 4.
Nasser Hussain: Virat Kohli Said Ravichandran Ashwin Won’t Be Missed As He Backed His Seamers To Do The Job
Former England skipper Nasser Hussain said that the Oval win was Virat Kohli’s Midas touch and the India captain passed the captaincy test with flying colours on Day 5. Set a record 368 to win, England collapsed from 100 for no loss midway through the first session to getting bowled out for 210 – 40 minutes after tea, sparking wild celebrations among India’s players — particularly Virat Kohli — and fans inside the south London venue.
“One way or another, this was Kohli’s Midas Test everything he touched turned to gold, and India are now one game away from a famous series victory, not long after beating Australia in their own backyard Even the non-selection of Ravichandran Ashwin, the top-ranked spinner in Test cricket, became irrelevant. People said India would miss him. Kohli said: ‘No, we won’t. I’m backing our seamers to do the job.’ And he was right,” he further wrote.
Ravichandran Ashwin’s non-selection raised a few eyebrows but the visitors managed to pull off a memorable win. Nasser Hussain mentioned that Virat Kohli made the best use of Ravindra Jadeja, something which Joe Root failed to do with Moeen Ali.
“Kohli also used Jadeja cleverly – in a way that Root failed to do with Moeen Ali on the fourth day. By keeping his spinner on at one end, India’s captain could rotate the quicks at the other, using them in short, sharp bursts and keeping them fresh. By ignoring Moeen, Root ended up bowling his seamers into the ground, with possible consequences for the fifth Test at Old Trafford,” Hussain stated.
While Ravindra Jadeja got the crucial wickets of Haseeb Hameed and Moeen Ali, Nasser Hussain reckons the southpaw played another important role by consistently bowling into the rough, allowing the ball to reverse, something the Indian pacers took full advantage of on Day 5.