- Former West Indian captain Clive Lloyd believes that Virat Kohli could make a number of sides across generations
- Virat Kohli scored 200 runs in the 1st Test match against England recently, more than double what any other Indian batsman made
- Lloyd also speaks about English veteran fast bowler James Anderson, who took 5 wickets on Day 2 of the 2nd Test match
After narrowly losing the 1st Test match by 31 runs, the Indian team led by Virat Kohli have made a horrible start to the 2nd Test match at Lords. After not a single ball was bowled on Day 1, Anderson and Woakes managed to dismiss India for just 107 runs on Day 2 after their captain Joe Root had won the toss and elected to bowl first.
After losing the Test series in South Africa earlier in the year, a lot of hope was pinned on English Test campaign but unfortunately for Virat Kohli, apart from him none of the other top order batsmen have been able to figure out the style that is required to tackle the swinging conditions of the island nation.
In latest cricket news, Clive Lloyd who captained West Indies to 3 consecutive World Cup Finals back in the 1970’s and 1980’s spoke exclusively to Times of India about varying topics including the ongoing Test Series in England and of course the number 1 batsman in the world Virat Kohli.
Latest Cricket News: Kohli would made a number of great sides across generations says, Clive Lloyd
Speaking about Virat Kohli the batsman, who has captured the imagination of millions across the globe with numerous match-winning knocks in pressure situations, helping the team win matches after being almost relegated to a defeat. “There’s no doubt about the fact that Kohli is an exceptional batsman. He is doing a few great things for his country and if you ask me whether he would have made my side, I would say yes. In fact, Kohli would make a number of great sides across generations,” said Clive Lloyd when asked if the Indian captain reminds him of himself.
However, Kohli is just not a batsman in the Indian side, he is the leader of the team and so was Clive Lloyd when he led West Indies to a World Cup win in 1975 and 1979. In 1983, Lloyds West Indian team came across an Indian team led by the great Kapil Dev, someone for whom he holds the greatest of regards.
Speaking about Virat Kohli the captain, Lloyd said,”I think Virat is still a work in progress and it will take us some time to take a final call on his captaincy. But yes, he has shown positive signs. Yes, he is aggressive, but as long as he doesn’t cross the line, it’s fine by me. Aggression, after all, is not a bad thing.”
Latest Cricket News: Clive Lloyd a fan of James Anderson
During Day 2’s play at Lords, Indian batsman failed horribly to read the conditions and the swing bowling of the English bowlers. One bowler in particular who wrecked the Indian batting line-up was James Anderson, as he picked up yet another 5-for and is now just 1 wicket away from reach 100 Test wickets at Lords, the home of cricket. “He is a terrific swing bowler and right up there with the best in the business. There’s a reason why he has got such a huge number of wickets and I have always enjoyed watching him,” remarked Lloyd when asked about English veteran bowler James Anderson.
Even though India lost the 1st Test match, many experts were impressed with the visitor’s fight till the end. It was a see-saw battle until the final ball of the match, something Clive Lloyd expects will be a pattern in this Test series. He said,”It was a terrific first Test and even though England won, it was a superb contest. In fact, you can say India could have won the game and I hope it continues to be this competitive.
Day 3 of the second Test match at Lords will start from 3:00 PM/IST with England starting their 1st innings after bowling out India on the final ball of Day 2.
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