In the ongoing Test series against England, Virat Kohli did not perform well. He was nonetheless pleased with the way his team performed in its purest form.
India won the second Test, while England won the third Test by an innings and 76 runs. The series is currently 1-1. Both England and India are doing their best to win the remaining two matches.
Currently, the fourth Test match is taking place at the Oval. England’s Test captain, Joe Root, won the toss and elected to bowl first. With the help of KL Rahul, who hit three fours, the Indian team got off to a good start.
Chris Woakes dismissed Rohit Sharma (11) almost as soon as things started looking promising for the visitors. Rahul followed Rohit to the dressing room shortly after he left. Rahul was dismissed by Ollie Robinson leg before the wicket.
Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored 91 in the third Test, found himself under pressure early on. He played 30 balls before getting out for just 4 runs.
When James Anderson bowled a brilliant delivery to Pujara, Jonny Bairstow took a good catch at slip. Virat Kohli and James Anderson shared a light moment during the fourth Test match.
Kohli and Anderson share a light moment in the viral video
During the 22nd over, Virat Kohli nearly defended the ball off James Anderson’s bowling. Fortunately, the inside edge did not trod on the stumps and the ball ran past the leg stump.
Virat Kohli saw an opportunity for a single, so he grabbed it. James Anderson ironically smiled at the Indian skipper and exchanged a few words.
After a brilliant victory in the second Test match against England, Team India started badly in the third. On the first day of the third match, the whole team was bowled out. Only 78 runs were scored in 40.4 overs. This was disappointing after the win at Lord’s. Virat Kohli would have been disappointed with his team’s performance. Furthermore, he did not help his case much since he was poor with the bat as well.
There was a lot of criticism for the Indian captain because of this. After such a shameful performance, fans were angry. On the first day, England bowled brilliantly to dominate Indian batting. Anderson was the pick of the bowlers after the visitors won the toss and elected to bat.
Angry at the poor start to the third test against England, Maninder Singh reacts
The Men in Blue are struggling in the third test between India and England in the ongoing Test series. The result of the first match in the series was a draw due to rain on the fifth day of play. After winning the second game at Lord’s Cricket Ground last week, Virat Kohli’s men were in high spirits heading into the third game. After electing to bat first, India was all out for just 78 in 40.4 overs.
Virat Kohli is struggling to score big runs with the bat. James Anderson, who had his tail up right from the start of this game, made his first out after playing an expansive drive. In his opening spell, he rattled the Indian top-order and showed his class. Rohit Sharma made 19 runs after surviving 105 deliveries, making him the highest scorer of the batting lineup. The decision by Kohli to send England to bowl first sums up India’s poor performance with the bat.
As the Indian captain acknowledged, the English conditions were the most difficult to bat in, and they were unable to survive two sessions against a resurgent England bowling attack. Kohli was out for trying to drive off the outside of the stumps on James Anderson’s off-stump delivery. In four innings, Kohli scored only 69 runs.
Maninder Singh told ESPNCricinfo –
Former Indian cricketer Maninder Singh says Virat Kohli should spend some time in the middle before hitting his shots.
“Before the Test match, Virat Kohli had said that in these English conditions you’ve got to keep your ego in your pocket. I think that is absolutely right.”
“If he tries to dominate like Virat Kohli usually does, these are not the pitches where he can bat like that. Needs to spend some time there as he did on the previous tour where he scored almost 600 runs. Once you know the pace and know how much the ball is seaming around, then you can carry on playing your shots.”
“These are not flat Indian pitches, where you can just put your foot forward and start driving. What Kohli preached, he will have to practice. Keep your ego in your pocket.”
The Story of Day 2 And Where The Game Is Heading
At the end of Day 2, England had scored 423 for the loss of eight wickets, putting them 345 runs ahead. As there is no rain forecast at Headingley for the next three days, India will have to bring their best batting performance in the second innings to save the test match. Maninder believes Kohli has not learned from his mistakes on his first tour to England in 2014.
“Virat Kohli is basically making the same mistakes. The ones that he was making on his first tour of England. He is playing away from the body. It could happen to you if you are not playing regular cricket. He got out a couple of times the same way as you did in 2014. When he just got 138 runs in ten innings.”“I think things start coming back. Am I playing the wrong line? Should I be leaving these balls? All these Indian boys, in the first two Tests, were leaving balls outside the off stump. I do not know what happened in this Test match. They were wanting to play at it and paid the price for it. With Virat Kohli, he is going through a bad patch.”
The England team was defeated by 151 runs, and to make matters worse, they are already missing several fast bowlers. They may also be without Mark Wood next week after the express was injured while fielding at Lord’s. Despite this, there are questions about whether Durham’s fast bowler, whose career has been blighted by injuries, will be fit to play on Wednesday when England announces its squad.
Describing the same, England coach, Chris Silverwood informed, “The medics are working on him (Wood), we’ll find out more in the next couple of days. We will make a decision, along with him and our medics, closer to the time. But if he’s not right, he’s not right. I certainly won’t push him into playing if he tells me he’s not right. I will look after him.”
Wood’s “superb effort” was praised by Silverwood, but many felt he should have been more careful on the field. Despite losing all seven of their last Tests, England repeatedly bowled too short to Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah during their unbroken 89-run partnership. After 49 balls, India’s duo starred with the ball as England, set a target of 272, was dismissed for 120 runs.
In contrast to dismissing India’s tailenders, England’s fast bowlers were more concerned with avenging their batsman James Anderson’s rough treatment. Silverwood, himself a former England bowler, praised Shami and Bumrah by saying: “I thought they handled the situation really well.”
Meanwhile, England’s top-order struggle continues as Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, and Haseeb Hameed saw a duck at Lord’s. Silverwood said: “You’ve got to do what’s best for the team, ultimately, and find the best way of progressing England to a place where big first-innings runs — and second-innings runs — come in on a consistent basis.”
Virat Kohli is always there to boost the team’s morale. In the first inning, he scored 42 runs. Sadly, he was out in the second innings after scoring 20 runs, including four fours.
During the ongoing second Test match at Lord’s, Indian captain Virat Kohli made headlines. At first, Kohli responded to Anderson’s reckless move by hitting out at the pacer with a bold statement.
On Day 4, the skipper was also captured on camera signalling Rishabh Pant. Kohli and Rohit were dissatisfied with Pant over the light at the Lord’s. The video went viral.
Throughout the play, both England and India have had their moments. Any team could take the lead in the ongoing series. It was encouraging to see the Indians make a statement at Lord’s.
In the first innings, India scored 364 while England scored 391 with a lead of 27 runs. The Indians finished Day 4 with 181 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. Things took a turn for the worse on the final day.
Kohli gets fired up at the Lord’s
Ollie Robinson dismissed Rishabh Pant on Day 5, when he was supposed to dictate terms. To mount more pressure on India, Robinson fired Ishant Sharma.
Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah are doing everything they can to help the side. The game is on as India leads by more than 200 runs. Social media is flooded with a video of Indian captain Virat getting fired up at Lord’s.
Bumrah hit a boundary off the bowling of Mark Wood in the 93rd over. The players in the Indian dressing room applauded Bumrah immediately afterward.
From the balcony, Virat Kohli spoke very animatedly. Some appear to have been exchanged between overs. When he got fired up, Jasprit Bumrah hit a boundary through point off Mark Wood.
In addition to his fast bowling, Jasprit Bumrah is also known for his batting. Previous games have shown him to be adept at defending deliveries.
Bumrah has played a crucial role in the ongoing five-match Test series against England. As a result of his four wickets, he played a crucial role.
In addition to the ball, he also contributed with the bat. Bumrah didn’t show any signs of flexing his muscles when Team India lost 9 wickets. He kept defending deliveries.
Bumrah continued to smash three fours and a six, unleashing his batting masterclass. Off Sam Curran’s bowling, he smashed a six. Bumrah surprised everyone with his exceptional batting.
With his crucial runs towards the end of the first Test, India stretched a healthy lead. The England cricket team was bowled out for 183 runs in their first innings. A 64-point performance by Joe Root, including 11 fours, led the way.
The Indian team responded by scoring 278 at the cost of all their wickets. Currently, the visitors lead by 95 runs and are comfortably in the lead. The first lead in the series belongs to Kohli & Co.
Bumrah flexes his muscles on Day 3
Jasprit Bumrah scored 28 off 34 balls with a strike rate of 82.35. It looked like he was at ease with the bat. Ollie Robinson dismissed him in the 85th over.
Robinson was the best bowler for the England cricket team. James Anderson took four wickets, while lanky pacer Pat Cummins accounted for five.