Even though India got the better of England in the three-match ODI series on Sunday, former India cricketer VVS Laxman is concerned with how captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma have struggled against England’s spinners. While Rohit failed to read a googly from Adil Rashid and was clean bowled, Kohli perished to Moeen Ali, going back to a delivery that spun back in.
Indian captain Virat Kohli expressed surprise that pace bowler Shardul Thakur did not win the 'Man of the Match' despite his excellent bowling effort in the final ODI in Pune, against England on Sunday. Shardul finished with figures of 4 for 67 in his 10 overs, dismissing Dawid Malan (50), England skipper Jos Buttler (15) and Liam Livingstone (36). Earlier, he also hammered 30 from 21 with the bat, a knock which featured three sixes.
India captain Virat Kohli feels that the umpire’s call in the Decision Review System (DRS) is creating a lot of unnecessary confusion with regards to lbw dismissals. According to Kohli, the batsman should be out or not out depending on whether or not the ball is hitting the stumps or not. The margins should not come into play, according to Kohli. As per the present rule, at least 50 per cent of the ball should be hitting at least one of the three stumps for the batsman to be adjudged LBW on a review.
India skipper Virat Kohli has said that he would be happy to open the innings with vice-captain Rohit Sharma in the future as well. India dropped KL Rahul for the final T20I of the series against England. Kohli moved up the order to open the innings with Rohit. The move worked wonders as Kohli and Rohit added 94 for the first wicket. After Rohit was dismissed for 64 from 34, Kohli went on to remain unbeaten on 80 from 52 balls.
India captain Virat Kohli backed KL Rahul to come good soon after the opener failed to open his account yet again, in the third match of the T20I series against England. Rahul was bowled for a duck by Mark Wood, playing all across one that nipped back in. The 28-year-old has managed only one run in the series so far. The pressure on Rahul grew after India failed to recover from his early loss and went on to taste defeat in the third T20I by eight wickets.
India clinched the four-match Test series against England by an emphatic 3-1 margin. After losing the first Test rather timidly, they came back brilliantly to dominate England in the next three Tests. After a methodical victory in the second Test in Chennai, India brushed aside the England challenge in the last two Tests in Ahmedabad, inside two and three days respectively. With the win in the final Test, they also booked their place in the World Test Championship (WTC) final.
Indian captain Virat Kohli stuck to his stance of defending the pitch used for the day-night Test. The pink-ball Test between India and England ended in under two days, with India winning by 10 wickets. In the following days, there has been numerous criticism about the pitch. While the Indian team has stuck to its guns, a number of former cricketers, particularly from England, have been critical of the surface.
After a week-long break, India and England will resume their rivalry when the face off in the pink-ball Test in Ahmedabad from Wednesday. The four-match series is currently locked 1-1. Most of the debate going into the third Test is how the pink ball will behave and also how the batsmen will tackle the twilight period. Discussions are also centering around whether India should go in with two or three spinners.
Indian captain Virat Kohli and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin praised debutant Axar Patel, who claimed a five-wicket haul on Test debut in the second innings of the second innings of the second Test in Chennai. Patel picked up 5 for 60 as India rolled over England for 164. With the 317-run triumph, India squared the four-match series 1-1.