ENG vs IND: Since losing the big World Test Championship Final against New Zealand, the Indian Test side will now take the field against England in a five-match Test series. The first Test match will be starting from 4 August in Nottingham. This will be a big test for Virat Kohli as a captain because India are yet to win a Test series in England since 2007.
Indian captain Virat Kohli addressed a press conference ahead of the first Test match against England. One of the journalists asked the Indian skipper on how would he tackle England’s veteran pacer James Anderson. Virat has had his fair share of trouble while facing Anderson especially in the English conditions in the past, however, he came up with a savage reply this time, saying, “I’ll just bat.”
While talking about the overall numbers when it comes to Virat Kohli vs James Anderson in Test cricket, the Indian captain has dominated the proceedings since 2016 by a massive margin. Kohli has scored a total of 236 runs in 18 Tests against Anderson at an average of 47.2. On the other hand, it is also a fact that the veteran England pacer has dismissed India’s current best batsman five times in Test matches.
The most highlighting point from Virat Kohli’s pre-match press conference was that India will announce their playing XI at the time of toss on Wednesday. The Indian captain mentioned that Shardul Thakur is a huge prospect for this side across the three formats as an all-rounder. He also spoke about the criticism that Cheteshwar Pujara has faced since his poor performance in the WTC Final against New Zealand.
“It’s been going on for a while. A player of his calibre and experience should be left alone. It should be left to the individual to work on whatever drawbacks in his game, similarly with me and any other player in the team. From the outside, I can say that criticism is unnecessary, but I for a fact know that Pujara doesn’t care. People can say what they want but at the end of the day, it’s just words,” said India captain Virat Kohli during the pre-match press conference.
“We are definitely much better prepared than in the past. The situation has allowed us to acclimatise and get used to the weather, it can change drastically and quickly. At the same time, playing under different conditions are going to add to our preparation. We can have all the experience in the world, it comes to execution. That comes down to belief and how much you want to be in situations that aren’t easy. I’ve loved every moment of it,” he added.
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