Indian skipper Virat Kohli again departed off a half volley inswinger delivery by Veteran Pacer James Anderson. Anderson dismissed Virat for the 7th time in test cricket so far.
After Virat’s failure in the 1st and 2nd test match in England, fans were waiting for his drought of centuries to end. But he once again became the victim of Anderson, this was for the 7th time in the longest format of the game, which is joint-most by any bowler along with Nathan Lyon.
Anderson and Kohli got engaged in a verbal spat during the 2nd test at Lord’s after Bumrah bowled him few nasty bouncers. Kohli even was heard saying Anderson- “This is not your backyard”. However, seeing Anderson’s sublime form at the of 39, it seems that entire England is Jimmy’s backyard and Kohli should start making runs before saying any further words.
Kohli played only 17 balls and scored 7 runs in the first innings in Leeds before heading to the dugout.
What is the reason behind Kohli’s failure in England?
Is this the T20 cricket, which is hurting the Indian top order, including Kohli, or the lack of the seaming wicket and swing bowlers in India? Well, the answer is both, India doesn’t play on a proper seaming wicket. They play most of the times on the flat and spinning wickets, where it is easy to bat. The ball doesn’t do the trick for the seamers, so it is not possible to adapt to the conditions by playing two or three matches. Asian batsmen tend to bring the front foot forward in order to play the bowlers due to playing on familiar flat wickets. But in England, You gotta play the ball lately in order to survive.
The second reason is the insufficiency of swing bowlers in India. In the past few years, India has hardly found a bowler, who can swing the ball instead of hitting the deck and get help from the surface. Only one swing bowler has played test cricket for India in last 7 years, which is Bhuvneahwar Kumar and another bowler who is capable of swinging the ball (Deepak Chahar) is playing white-ball cricket for India. Unfortunately, Bhuvneshwar Kuanr last time played a test match was in 2018, so couldn’t make it to the squad. It’s high time that India starts finding some swing bowlers so that batsmen can be accustomed to it.
The third must discuss reason is T20 cricket, where batsmen have to play each and every ball to make runs. But Test cricket is about survival you can’t play the balls which are outside off stump, especially when it is the swing condition of England. India has always thrived in white-ball cricket, but making the Test matches count in England and New Zealand has been a matter of concern.
Kohli in this tour
Kohli has been making the same mistake that he made in 2014, chasing the outside off stump ball for four runs and nicking it to the keeper or slip cordon. In 4 innings, Kohli has batted so far in this tour, he got out, in the same manner, every time, which needs to be changed for the betterment of Indian cricket. He seems less patient and desperate for scoring runs. Patience is the key in England to make runs. Leaving the balls, which are away from the body has become a serious issue for the skipper.