- At stumps on Day 3 of the 1st test match between India and England, the visitors need 84 runs to win the match
- With 5 wickets in hand, Kohli and Karthik are at the crease trying to take India over the line
- Former Indian great Sunil Gavaskar believes that Kohli has made a mockery of his decision to play county cricket before the tour of England started with his performance in the 1st test match
Latest Cricket News, as we get ready to Day 4’s play in the 1st test match between India and England, it’s captain Kohli who is standing strong once against driving India to the target of 194. After a brilliant job by the Indian bowlers on Day 3, dismissing the English batting line-up for just 180, one would have thought that this would be a cakewalk for the famed Indian batting Contingent.
However, just like the 1st first innings, each and every Indian batsman apart from Virat Kohli failed to apply themselves and quickly perished after coming to the middle. The Indian captain came into the series under severe pressure after the failures of the 2014 tour but he has managed to eliminate all doubts surrounding his form in England but scoring a brilliant 149 in the 1st innings and just 7 runs away from a half-century in the 2nd.
Latest Cricket News: Everyone else apart from Kohli needed the county stint says Gavaskar
After the horror show of 2014, Virat Kohli had planned a short county stint before the start of this English tour. However, an injury sustained in the IPL ruled him out for a month, ending his hopes of getting some practice in the English domestic circuit prior the all-important series. Indian great Sunil Gavaskar believes Kohli performance in the 1st test match has made a mockery of his decision to play county.
“Kohli made a mockery of the thinking that he needed to play county cricket to get a big score in England. Kohli is an exceptional talent and can get runs even if he wakes up in the middle of the night. More than him, it is the other guys who have lesser talent who needed to spend time playing against the red ball, as was seen by the way they struggled against the moving ball,” wrote Gavaskar in his column leading daily Times of India.
R Ashwin is another against whom doubts were being raised prior to the start of the test series. There were even calls from some quarters to drop him and pick youngster Kuldeep Yadav instead. However, the veteran spinner has bowled exceptionally well, picking up a total of 7 wickets, including the wicket of Cook in both the innings with almost an identical delivery.
Ashwin removes all doubts surrounding his place in the Indian test team
Speaking about Kohli and Ashwin’s opinion defying performance, Gavaskar said,”There was no doubt about both Ashwin and Kohli’s skill and temperament but more than to the rest of the world, they had a point to prove to themselves. Ashwin got the ball to spin, wobble and turn both ways on the first day of the test match itself and nobody could say that the pitch helped him. It was the skill of the highest order as he wove a web around the England batsmen.
The deliveries to castle a batsman of Alastair Cook’s experience takes some doing but R. Ashwin did it with comprehensive ease.”
Going into the 4th day, India still require 84 runs with just 5 wickets in hand but with Captain Kohli out there, one thing is for sure, it would have been the English team that would have had a sleepless night after Day 3’s play as they try and hatch a plan to dismiss, who is without a doubt the best batsman in the world.
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