ENGLAND HAVE GOT PLANS TO HALT KOHLI
England fast bowler Stuart Broad was seen on Monday emphasising on the head-to-head battle between Indian captain Virat Kohli and veteran bowler James Anderson ahead of the opening Test of the five-match series, starting on Wednesday at the Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham.
The 32-year-old bowler who is returning to action after recovering from an ankle injury revealed that England have plans to halt a leading player like Virat Kohli.
“I really don’t agree with the theory that one particular bowler can target a world-class batsman,” Broad was quoted as saying by the International Cricket Council (ICC) website.
You need to have that pressure at both ends against that sort of quality that when you commit mistakes. If he’s really able to understand Jimmy’s bowling tactics and play carefully and hits runs, you are taking away any advantage as a team.
WE’LL TRY HANDLE THE PRESSURE
“As a bowling department, we will try our best to make as hard as possible for all of their batsmen to score early runs, particularly a key player like Kohli. We have to try and create pressure that way,” he added.
The last time India toured England was in 2014 under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The Indian side lost the five-match Test series 3-1 after the first match ended in a draw.
Kohli played all the five matches in 2014 but managed just 134 runs in the series at an average of 13.40. There were two occasions when Kohli departed on a duck.
I AM COMPLETELY FIT: BROAD
Broad felt that he is back to full fitness ahead of the gruelling five-Test rubber against No.1-ranked India.
“I am going in 100 per cent fit and you can’t say that too often. It’s an exciting place to be,” he said.
With five matches to be played in six weeks, Broad also expected the bowlers to be rotated during the series so that the workload can be handled properly.
“There have already been small conversations about you shouldn’t be disheartened if you are left out for a Test match,” he said.
“It’s not a personal attack or dropping: it’s a management of your bowlers to make sure we give ourselves the best chance,” he concluded.
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