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Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin Photo: © Reuters (Main Image)
Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin Photo: © Reuters (Main Image)
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Virat Kohli Said Ravichandran Ashwin ‘Won’t Be Missed’ In The 4th Test As He Backed His Seamers To Do The Job: Nasser Hussain

Nasser Hussain, the former England captain stated that Virat Kohli has passed his captaincy test with ‘flying colours’ as he led his side to a historic Test win. From conceding a 99-run lead to coming back in style and thumping the hosts by 157 runs to go up 2-1 in the series, Team India showcased a great example of teamwork required to win a Test match.
Virat Kohli’s batting may not have earned much praise but his captaincy earned praise from experts. Things started falling in place for India in the second innings which was powered by the determination of every player to win.
Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

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.

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

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.

Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja Photo Credit: AP
Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja Photo Credit: AP

“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.

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Nasser Hussain Labelled Oval Test As Virat Kohli’s Midas Test

Nasser Hussain, the former England captain has heaped praise on Virat Kohli’s captaincy on the final day of the fourth Test at The Oval. The Indian skipper once again orchestrated a masterclass on the final day to bowl out England and secure a 2-1 lead in the five-Test series.

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. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Nasser Hussain Labeled The 4th Test As Virat Kohli’s Midas Test- Everything He Touched Turned To Gold

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.

While writing in his column for the Daily Mail, Nasser Hussain termed the fixture as “Kohli’s Midas Test”: “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. 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.”

Virat Kohli became the first skipper to lead India to three Test wins in England. The tour also marks the first time India has won multiple Tests in the country since 1986. Nasser Hussain also noted the difference between the two skippers using their spinners. While he was critical of Joe Root, who brought in Moeen Ali very late, Virat Kohli persisted with spin at one end to keep his pacers fresh at the other with short fiery bursts.

He added: “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.”

That Oval pitch offered very little for the seamers and only a bit of rough for Ravindra Jadeja’s left-arm spin. But somehow Virat Kohli manufactured 10 English wickets on the last day.  Every bowling change worked, and so did every tweak to the field. And when the Indian skipper took the second new ball after tea, it produced a wicket straightaway, with Umesh Yadav getting Craig Overton.

Nasser Hussain: Ravindra Jadeja Was Landing The Ball In The Rough Outside Right Hander’s Leg Stump Which Created Conditions Favouring Reverse Swing

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.

Nasser Hussain explained: “Jadeja performed another important function too, aside from the important wickets of Haseeb Hameed and Moeen. He was landing it in the rough outside the right-hander’s leg stump, which created the conditions for reverse-swing, because it allowed them to keep one side rough and the other side smooth.”

Ravindra Jadeja (Image Credit: Twitter)
Ravindra Jadeja (Image Credit: Twitter)

India recorded a Test win at The Oval for the first time in 50 years. The visitors now have a 2-1 series lead with one Test remaining at Old Trafford in Manchester.

Nasser Hussain said England were lacking "a bit more toughness in that middle order" and Mark Butcher stated that they "let India back in" to the game ( Image: Sky Sports)
Nasser Hussain said England were lacking "a bit more toughness in that middle order" and Mark Butcher stated that they "let India back in" to the game ( Image: Sky Sports)
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Mark Butcher Unimpressed By England’s Batting And Agrees With Nasser Hussain As Lead Must Have Been Above 100

Mark Butcher was unimpressed by the national team’s batting display on day two of the fourth Test against India. Mark Butcher criticized the Three Lions for allowing India a sniff despite favorable batting conditions on day two at the Oval.

Although England did well to recover from 62-5 to take a 99-run lead but the fact is that most batsmen failed to convert their starts. The likes of Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, and Dawid Malan made impressive 30s and perished at crucial junctures. Only Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes made half-centuries, with the former top-scoring with 81.

Mark Butcher waves to the crowd as he walks off celebrating England's victory over South Africa.(Getty Images)
Mark Butcher waves to the crowd as he walks off celebrating England’s victory over South Africa.(Getty Images)

Mark Butcher: India Had Ran Out Of Ideas And They Couldn’t Stop Runs From Moeen Ali And Ollie Pope

Responding to Nasser Hussain’s comments on the lack of England’s toughness in the middle order on Sky Sports, Mark Butcher remembered when Indian bowlers looked clueless. Mark Butcher said India could not make the ball talk, failing to control Moeen Ali and Ollie Pope.

“It’s easy to forget they were five down for 60 but I think there was an occasion there towards the back end towards the lunch and tea break and onwards where India had ran out of ideas. They weren’t able to make the ball move so much, it was getting soft which they were complaining about and they couldn’t stem the flow of runs from Moeen Ali and Ollie Pope.”

Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Nasser Hussain claimed that “if there was just a bit more toughness in that middle order then they could almost still be batting”, while Mark Butcher believes England “let India back in” and they should be “150 in front”.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Nasser Hussain said: “You can always have a better day but when they were 60-odd for five, to get up to 290 just shows the value of that middle order and Chris Woakes in particular, batting with the tail, got them a healthy lead. Both sides actually ended up getting more than expected but you always feel, on a flatter Oval pitch that if there was just a bit more toughness in that middle order then they could almost still be batting.”

Ollie Pope scored an excellent 81 on his return to the Test team, sharing an 89-run partnership with Jonny Bairstow and a 71-run partnership with Moeen Ali. Chris Woakes also scored an excellent fifty, further underlining his impressive all-around credentials.

However, with Ollie Pope unable to reach the three-figure mark and both Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali getting out for 37 and 35 respectively, Nasser Hussain and Mark Butcher believe England should have ended up getting a much bigger lead.

Mark Butcher Criticizes Moeen Ali’s Shot Selection

Mark Butcher further claimed that England let India back into the game. The cricketer-turned-commentator was particularly unhappy about Moeen Ali’s shot selection against Ravindra Jadeja. Mark Butcher stated that Moeen Ali has repeated the pattern often throughout his career.

“England let them back in again and I’m not criticising Moeen for trying to have a go at the left-arm spinner, he has the best strike-rate against spin of anybody in the world in white-ball cricket so he can take down the left-arm spinner. It’s the option that has blown people’s minds about Moeen Ali throughout his career. How can a guy who’s so good and with so many options often pick the wrong one?”

Moeen Ali's shot selection was questioned after he was dismissed playing a slog-sweep with both mid-off and mid-on up inside the circle and two fielders back on the leg side
Moeen Ali’s shot selection was questioned after he was dismissed playing a slog-sweep with both mid-off and mid-on up inside the circle and two fielders back on the leg side ( Image: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Butcher added: “Mid-off and mid-on were up, there were two men back on the leg side for that slog sweep and he went for the slog sweep when he could bash it over long-on and long-off and there was nobody back.”

Both Mark Butcher and Nasser Hussain opined that England should have extended the lead well beyond 100. At the close of day two, India reached 43-0, still trailing by 56 runs. On the 3rd day, India is on 108/1 having lost KL Rahul (46). Rohit Sharma is batting on 47 and Cheteshwar Pujara is batting on 14 when Lunch was taken.

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Nasser Hussain Feels Promoting Ravindra Jadeja To No. 5 Was A Tactical Move

Nasser Hussain feels it could have been a tactical move from India, to go ahead with the right-hand, left-hand combination, and the fact that Ravindra Jadeja is a pretty damn good batsman. Ravindra Jadeja’s promotion in India’s batting order, which saw him bat ahead of vice-captain of the team, Ajinkya Rahane, at No. 5 during Day 1 of the Oval Test against England on Friday, sparked a debate which was joined by Nasser Hussain.

Ravindra Jadeja’s batting graph has witnessed an upward curve in the last three years, and most of his impactful scores lately have come while batting with the lower order. Hence, India perhaps thought this could be an opportune time to send Ravindra Jadeja up the order. Former England captain Nasser Hussain stated it was a well-thought-out plan on India’s part.

Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Nasser Hussain Feels Promoting Ravindra Jadeja To No. 5 Was A Tactical Move

India’s tactic did not work as Ravindra Jadeja was snared by Chris Woakes after lunch, but it did raise multiple points with several former cricketers weighing in on India’s decision to send the all-rounder at No. 5, let alone in a Test match in England. Former England captain Nasser Hussain feels it could have been a tactical move from India.

“I don’t know the reason. I heard the debate over whether Ajinkya went to the loo. But Jadeja was ready, so he must have been told. So it was more a tactical move,” Nasser Hussain told Sony Sports during Lunch on Day 1.

“They must have wanted a left-hander in. He is a very fine player. He has got 3 triple hundreds in first-class cricket. The balance of the side still looks a little wonky in England,” said Nasser Hussain.

File image of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar | AFP
File image of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar | AFP

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, on the other hand, reckons Ravindra Jadeja’s promotion could do with Ajinkya Rahane being on a possible loo break. In that case, as to why Rishabh Pant wasn’t sent ahead, Sunil Gavaskar feels the wicketkeeper batsman’s twin failures at Headingley could have had a role to play in the same.

“Ajinkya Rahane came in and sat and put on his gloves. He may have been on a toilet break. Maybe they didn’t want to send Pant. Maybe he has been demoted down the order. Jadeja has batted longer in this series than Pant,” Gavaskar said on the Sony Sports Network, not aggreeing with Nasser Hussain.

“I don’t know the reason. I heard the debate over whether Ajinkya went to the loo. But Jadeja was ready, so he must have been told. So it was more a tactical move. They must have wanted a left-hander in. He is a very fine player. He has got 3 triple hundreds in First-Class cricket. Balance of the side still looks a little wonky in England.”

Ravindra Jadeja was sent at the No. 5 spot on Day 1 of the 4th Test against England, ahead of vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant.

 Ajay Jadeja: Team Management Has Begun Losing Faith In Ajinkya Rahane

Meanwhile, former India batsman Ajay Jadeja raised a big point, stating that Ravindra Jadeja being sent ahead of Ajinkya Rahane could be an indication that the team management has begun losing faith in its vice-captain. Ajinkya Rahane has been going through a lean patch and although he scored a half-century at Lord’s, the overall numbers have been a pale shadow of his once dominating self in overseas conditions.

“I am just thinking what Ajinkya Rahane is going through. One of your best batsmen, vice-captain of the side. Even before he has walked in, it’s like Rahane has almost got a signal, saying ‘we’re not too sure about you’,” Jadeja said on the Sony Sports Network.

Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja
Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

“It could be the left-hander combination but I am just thinking in terms of someone who is uncertain with not a lot of runs. Before you walk in, you have got Ravindra walking ahead of you and there will be some time, whenever he walks in he is going to be thinking about it.”

While many expected Ravindra Jadeja to make way for Ravichandran Ashwin, the world No.2 bowler was asked to warm the bench for the fourth time in a row. Ravindra Jadeja, who was earlier taken to hospital for precautionary scan for suspected knee injury not only retained his place in the playing XI but the batting all-rounder was also promoted by the Indian think tank in the 4th Test match at the Oval.

Team India’s decision to promote Ravindra Jadeja to the top order failed to pay them rich dividends as the batting all-rounder perished after playing 34 deliveries. Ravindra Jadeja only managed to score 10 runs in India’s 1st essay at The Oval. After losing the 3rd Test by a handsome margin, Virat Kohli-led Team India suffered a batting collapse in the 4th Test match. Ollie Robinson picked 3 scalps while Chris Woakes picked 4 on his Test return.

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.

World Test Championship, India
Virat Kohli[photo: Twitter]
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Salman Butt Doesn’t Think Virat Kohli Will Make Too Many Changes For The 4th Test At Oval

Salman Butt, former Pakistan batter reckons captain Virat Kohli will not make a lot of changes to the Indian team for The Oval Test, which starts on September 2.

Team India lost the Headingley Test without putting up much of a fight, going down by an innings and 76 runs. With the win, England squared the five-match series 1-1.

Salman Butt. Image-Twitter
Salman Butt. Image-Twitter

Salman Butt Doesn’t Think India Skipper Virat Kohli Will Make Too Many Changes For The 4th Test At Oval

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Salman Butt stated that India is likely to retain more or less the same team for the next Test.

The former Pakistan skipper said: “After hearing Virat Kohli’s press conference, I don’t think he will be making too many changes for The Oval Test. He was not speaking about individual performances and instead said that everyone in the think-tank is concerned with how the team is performing, whether winning or losing. Kohli did not single out any particular player, which is good.”

“He said that the team will reflect on the improvements that are needed once the series is over. So he did not speak about any chopping and changing in the team,” Salman Butt said.

Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin in action. (BCCI)
Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin in action. (BCCI)

Salman Butt went on to add that veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin might come in for the next match.

“Any Asian side coming to England takes time to settle down. So he must be keen on carrying on with the same players. I think at least Ashwin will play this game. As for the batting, I don’t think he is going to make any changes. Remember, Kohli also said that he doesn’t believe in playing the extra batter in Test matches. According to him, if five-six cannot do the job, you cannot expect a seventh to do a lot,” said Salman Butt.

India triumphed in the Lord’s by 151 runs but failed to maintain the momentum at Headingley. They were all out for 78 batting first and were staring down the barrel from that point onwards.

Nasser Hussain Critical Of Virat Kohli For Playing At The Balls He Could Be Leaving

Nasser Hussain, a former England captain feels that Virat Kohli has been extremely tentative against the moving ball. According to Nasser Hussain, considering the quality of England’s pacers, life is not going to get any easier for the Indian captain. Virat Kohli has been dismissed caught behind in all five innings of the series so far.

“Kohli has played at balls he could be leaving, he seems to have that slight technical issue I highlighted in these pages with the positioning of his back foot and he is not picking up the line of Anderson and Robinson.

“Kohli is not sure whether to play or leave and whether to set himself for the inswinger or not. He doesn’t know what to do. It’s high class bowling and it’s not going to get any easier for him, ” wrote Nasser Husain in his column.

Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Virat Kohli has scored only 124 runs in three Tests so far at an average of 24.80. In comparison, his opposite number, Joe Root, is the leading run-scorer in the series, having amassed 507 runs with three hundred at an average of 126.75.

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Not Easy For Virat Kohli Whether To Play Or Leave The Balls During High-Class Bowling From England: Nasser Hussain

Nasser Hussain, the former England captain and broadcaster opined that the Indian skipper Virat Kohli seemed unsure against the moving ball and it will only get tougher for him as the series progresses. He pointed out how Virat Kohli was playing at deliveries in the corridor and kept nicking the ball behind.

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.

Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Nasser Hussain: Virat Kohli Is Unsure Whether To Play Or Leave The Balls

Nasser Hussain zoomed in on a technical issue that was making it hard for Virat Kohli to pick the line of the ball.

“Kohli has played at balls he could be leaving, he seems to have that slight technical issue I highlighted in these pages with the positioning of his back foot and he is not picking up the line of Anderson and Robinson.

“Kohli is not sure whether to play or leave and whether to set himself for the inswinger or not. He doesn’t know what to do. It’s high class bowling and it’s not going to get any easier for him,” Nasser Hussain wrote.

A dejected Virat Kohli walks off after losing his wicket against England in the third Test.
A dejected Virat Kohli walks off after losing his wicket against England in the third Test. Photograph: Nigel French/PA

The former England batter added that Virat Kohli batted well on Day 3 of the Headingley Test on his way to a half-century, but the old ball made it easier for him.

“He did go through a spell on the third day, admittedly against an older ball, where he was leaving it well. But it’s harder to leave the new ball because it swings later, and he was out again on Saturday in a familiar manner.”

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

Nasser Hussain Warns England Of Complacency Pointing Out To India’s Stunning Win In Australia With Injured Players Unavailable And Being 1-0 Down

Nasser Hussain warned England not to write India off after their emphatic victory at Headingley in the third Test. Nasser Hussain lauded the character India has shown in recent matches and reminded the home side of the way India came back after the Adelaide debacle.

“But the last thing England must do now is think they have done the hard work and write India off ahead of Thursday’s fourth Test in south London and the final match at Old Trafford — grounds which should suit their attack better.

“Remember, they were bowled out for 36 by Australia in Adelaide late last year but came back to pull off a famous series win. And after Kohli had gone home, too. India do have a lot of strength of character and fight, and central to that is their captain.”

Brisbane Test: India beat Australia by 3 wickets at Gabba to win series 2-1, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy Image Source : AP IMAGE
Brisbane Test: India beat Australia by 3 wickets at Gabba to win series 2-1, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy Image Source: AP IMAGE

Nasser Hussain reminded England that India has shown a lot of character under Virat Kohli. Both sides have little turnaround time after the third Test as the action moves to the Oval. The fourth Test of the series will commence on September 2, Thursday.

Being 1-0 down, losing the services of regular skipper Virat Kohli due to his paternity leave, having lost several key players like Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, Ravichandran Ashwin, KL Rahul, and Ravindra Jadeja due to injuries at various stages of 4 match Test series, a second-string Ajinkya Rahane-led India staged a comeback as they won their second straight Test series on Australian soil.

Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Sunil Gavaskar Questions Why Rishabh Pant Was Told To Change His Stance On Day 1 Of 3rd Test

Sunil Gavaskar expressed his dismay at the umpires asking India keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant not to bat out of his crease. Sunil Gavaskar never shies away from making his point loud and clear.

After expressing his disagreements with Nasser Hussain’s comments about India’s previous generation cricketers getting ‘bullied,’ the legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar this time expressed his dismay at the umpires asking India keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant not to bat out of his crease.

Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Sunil Gavaskar Was Wondering Why Rishabh Pant Was Told To Change His Stance

The southpaw slightly batted outside the crease on Day 1 of the Leeds Test, which the umpires had found wrong as they felt he was trying to deliberately come into the danger area by creating footmarks, and hence he was told to bat inside the crease itself. Sunil Gavaskar’s comments came during Day 3 of the India vs England third Test at Headingley in Leeds. Sunil Gavaskar said footmarks don’t determine a batsman’s stance.

“I was wondering why was he told to change his stance if that is true. I only read it. A batsman can stand anywhere, even on the middle of the pitch, and what about when the batsman goes down the track against the spinners (footmarks can form even then),” Gavaskar said while commentating on the third day of the match.

Rishabh Pant and Sunil Gavaskar collage.(AP/File)
Rishabh Pant and Sunil Gavaskar collage.(AP/File)

His fellow commentator and former India player Sanjay Manjrekar called it “ridiculous”. Rishabh Pant spoke about this after India was bowled out for 78 on the opening day of the match.

“Because I was standing outside the crease and my front foot was coming into the danger area, so he (the umpire) told me that you can’t stand there,” Pant had said during the virtual post-day press conference on Wednesday.

“So, I have (had) to change my stance, but as a cricketer, I don’t have to think too much about that, because it’s everyone who is going to do that, umpires are going to say the same thing. I didn’t do that the next ball and you move on.”

The decision by the two English umpires once again asks whether it’s time that ICC reverts back to its two neutral on-field umpires for Test matches has been stopped due to travel restrictions in the post-Covid-19 world. On-field umpires Paul Wharf and Richard Kettleborough decided the verdict against Rishabh Pant.

India Lost By An Innings And 76 Runs As Series Level At 1-1

Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara led India’s fightback as they reached 215 for 2 at stumps on Friday(3rd Day). Cheteshwar Pujara was unbeaten on 91 with captain Virat Kohli (45) for company. India was still 139 runs away from making England bat again.

However, India lost 8 wickets in the morning session on Day 4 to hand England a series leveling win in Leeds. Joe Root-led England crushed India by an innings and 76 runs as Ollie Robinson clinched a fifer in the second innings. The fourth Test will now be played at The Oval from September 2.

Ollie Robinson PA Images via Getty Images
Ollie Robinson PA Images via Getty Images

Resuming at an overnight score of 215 for 2, India’s second innings folded in 99.3 overs with England pacer Ollie Robinson claiming five wickets. India was bundled out for a paltry 78 in their first innings on an opening day. England then posted 432 in their first innings to take a mammoth lead of 354 runs. India lost their last eight wickets for 53 runs in the morning session on Day 4 to hand England a convincing win.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
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Virat Kohli Is Putting So Much Into The Captaincy Now That It Has Taken Something Away From His Batting, Says Nasser Hussain

Nasser Hussain feels Virat Kohli’s captaincy has taken something away from his form as a batsman, as experts struggle to decode Kohli’s recent poor form with the bat.

The Indian cricket team is riding the waves of success under the leadership of Virat Kohli. Team India is undoubtedly one of the most dominant sides in world cricket at the moment, winning not just at home but overseas too. On the tour of England, while India has taken a 1-0 lead after the first two games, Virat Kohli’s performances on the personal level have been quite subdued.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli[photo: Twitter]

Nasser Hussain: Virat Kohli Is Putting So Much Into The Captaincy Now That It Has Taken Something Away From His Batting

0, 42, and 20 are Virat Kohli’s scores in three innings of the five-match Test series against England 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.

While Virat Kohli’s bat has unarguably been silent for a while, former England skipper Nasser Hussain feels it’s because he is putting a lot in as a captain to help India win the Test series on the tour of England.

“You could argue that Kohli is putting so much into the captaincy of India now in his pursuit of a first Test series win in England as skipper that it has taken something away from his batting,” Nasser Hussain said ahead of the third India-England Test at Headingley.

“He seems vulnerable again outside off-stump, as he was when he played here in 2014. Certainly, he got out after a nothing shot to a wide ball from Sam Curran at Lord’s and the Kohli of the 2018 tour would have left that.”

Virat Kohli celebrates his last century during the second day of the second Test cricket match of a two-match series between India and Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens cricket stadium in Kolkata on November 23, 2019. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP)
Virat Kohli celebrates his last century during the second day of the second Test cricket match of a two-match series between India and Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens cricket stadium in Kolkata on November 23, 2019. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP)

“But he knows how much it will mean to India to win this series. And he will judge himself on the results of the next three Tests rather than the runs he scores. He’d certainly be gutted if he scored centuries at Leeds and the Oval but lost the series anyway,” Nasser Hussain further opined.

While Virat Kohli’s bat hasn’t done much talking of late, the player himself has been quite vocal on the field, taking the charge of the opponents. The second Test between India and England at Lord’s saw a number of verbal duels between Indian and England players.

Virat Kohli has not scored an international hundred since November 2019 and averages less than 25 in 10 Tests since the start of the 2020 cricket season. The India captain got out for a duck in the first Test but managed to play two crucial knocks in the 2nd Test at Lords, managing 42 and 20.

However, Virat Kohli has not scored a hundred in international cricket since he got one in the day-night Test against Bangladesh in 2019. In 10 Tests since 2020, Virat Kohli has scored 407 runs at an average of 23.94 which is well below his career average of 51.41.

Nasser Hussain: Virat Kohli Gets Under The Skin Of Every Team He Plays Against

Reflecting on Virat Kohli’s antics on the field, Nasser Hussain said that the 32-year-old has the ability to get under the skin of any opponent.

“Kohli’s aggression is aimed at winding up the opposition and he gets under the skin of every team he plays against. I’m sure most don’t particularly like playing against him and English supporters won’t particularly like him but he won’t care a jot about that,” he wrote.

Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

India might have taken a 1-0 lead in the 5-match series but there are still three more games to go. The third Test will begin on Wednesday in Leeds.

Joe Root
Joe Root Photograph: Sri Lanka Cricket
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England Can’t Win Tests With Only Joe Root Scoring: Nasser Hussain

Nasser Hussain believes the hosts England will find it difficult to win a Test match with only their skipper Joe Root scoring runs consistently. The comments came in the wake of England’s humiliating 2nd Test defeat against India at the historic Lord’s on Monday despite having an upper hand before heading into the 5th Day.

The cracks in England’s fragile batting line-up were out in broad daylight against a world-class Indian pace attack. The hosts were bundled out for just 120 in the second innings to lose the match by 151 runs.

Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Nasser Hussain: England Can’t Win Tests With Only Joe Root Contributing By Scoring Much Needed Runs

Former England skipper Nasser Hussain stressed that other batters need to start contributing if England has to make a comeback in the series.

“Robinson has been an incredible find when there have been so many injuries to bowlers. So let’s not write them off just yet, but they desperately need others to score runs,” he added.

Rory Burns Getty Images
Rory Burns Getty Images

Joe Root has amassed 1277 runs playing 10 Tests in 2021, averaging 57.21, and has hit 5 tons. He scored 228 and 186 against Sri Lanka and hit 218 in the 1st Test against and in India while scoring 109 and an unbeaten 180 in the first two successive Tests when India toured England.

The opening combination of Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley has failed repeatedly and may be changed for the 3rd Test, which begins on 25th August. The top three England batsmen especially have been under fire since the start of this year. England already dropped Zak Crawley from the XI after his string of low scores.
Haseeb Hameed was brought back into the England XI after almost five years, but even he looked tentative at Lord’s. He made a golden duck and a patient 45-ball 9 in the first and second innings respectively. Hence, Dawid Malan and James Vince, both of whose last Test came in 2018, are both under serious consideration to fill the opener’s spot for the third Test.

Nasser Hussain Loved The 2nd Lord’s Test As It Was Cricket At Its Absolute Best

England’s top three batsmen have had horrid outings in recent times. Rory Burns has only managed 617 runs in 12 outings since 2020 while Dominic Sibley has scored only 917 runs from 19 Test matches in the last two years. Haseeb Hameed, who came into the playing XI at the expense of Zak Crawley at Lord’s, also failed to make a lasting impression. Haseeb Hameed registered a golden duck in the first innings and only scored nine runs in the second.

Zak Crawley-Twitter
Zak Crawley-Twitter

Fans were treated to some end-to-end cricket at Lord’s with players giving their all to win the well-contested Test match. The cricketers from both sides had a couple of fiery exchanges but Nasser Hussain felt everything was well within the line.

“No. I love the way Kohli plays his cricket and this India side will not be bullied. The theatre and drama was exceptional. You don’t want people to get physical but we didn’t see that at Lord’s. It’s a heated game and there is a lot on the line. I loved what was going on out there over the five days. It was box office — Test cricket at its absolute best,” Nasser Hussain concluded.

With India 1-0 ahead, the third match of the series will commence on August 25 at Headingley in Leeds.

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