- Nasser Hussain has revealed that it was Sachin Tendulkar’s advice helped Kohli tackle the English conditions this time
- Following a horror series in 2014, the Indian captain scored a brilliant 149 in his very first innings in England in 2018
- He was dropped on 21 by David Malan, a miss that could cost England dearly in this series
He never fails to disappoint does, Indian Captain Virat Kohli eliminated all the demons from his previous tour to England back in 2014 by scoring a gritty hundred at Edgbaston yesterday (2nd August) to help India recover from a hole that youngster Sam Curran had dug for them in the 1st test match.
Latest Cricket News: Kohli finds a way to conquer to the swing in England
Former English captain Nasser Hussain revealed in his column for Dailymail, that it was Sachin Tendulkar’s words of advice that helped Kohli conquer his demons from the last tour, where he averaged just 13 and didn’t make a single half-century during the test series.
In Latest cricket news, Hussain said, “Kohli spoke to Sachin Tendulkar, who advised him that he needed to counter the swing by standing further out of his crease. We could see the difference on Thursday. Four years ago, Kohli was fearful of the big in-swinger and as a result, kept getting out to the away swinger. This time, he is standing further across to off stump and expecting the away swinger, so he is leaving the ball better than before.”
The highlight of the evening was the battle between Virat Kohli and his chief nemesis from 2014 James Anderson. The veteran English bowled a long spell of around 15 overs broken in by one over from Rashid. After beating Kohli on numerous occasions, Anderson’s efforts almost bore fruit when Kohli edged one delivery on 21 to David Malan in the 2nd slip. Fortunately for the Indian captain, Malan’s effort was poor and England missed a golden opportunity to not only dismiss the Indian captain but further ranch up the pressure on the him to score runs in this country.
“The other key difference is that Kohli is now playing the ball later. Four years ago, like a lot of subcontinental batsmen in English conditions, he was going at the ball with hard hands – but the evidence at Edgbaston so far is that he is getting further forward and playing late, which is not an easy skill. So hats off to Kohli for going away and thinking about things. it is what the best players do,” Nasser Hussain said further.
Cricket Live News: Malan’s drop catch was the key moment on Day 2
Had he been dismissed on 21 by James Anderson, he would have felt obligated to question the advice given by legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar. However, having survived that scare, he put his head down and played what could be one of his most important innings as a captain.
In latest cricket news, Talking about Malan’s drop and the impact that could have on the whole series, Hussain said, “It was a vital moment, not just in the context of this innings, but of the Test and probably the series. Kohli would have walked off thinking that he has made all these changes and is still getting out in the same way to Anderson. For Anderson, it was the last ball of what was a 15-over spell broken by one over for Adil Rashid and lunch, so it would have been just reward.”
In what was looking like it was going to be England’s day changed after that Malan catch and with Kohli driving India to just 13 runs short of the English total, the visitors were firmly back in the match. The wicket of Alastair Cook on the last ball of the day further boosted India’s chances of taking a lead in this 5-match test series.
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