Graeme Swann says Indian commentators quite harsh on Virat Kohli ben Stokes ball was unplayable


Former England off-spinner Graeme Swann defends Virat Kohli, who was dismissed for 20 in India’s second innings, on the third day of the fifth Test against England in Birmingham. Swann said that Ben Stokes’ ball that dismissed Kohli could have been unplayable for any batsman of any era. In such a situation, Swann says that it is not fair to point fingers at Virat Kohli, who has not been able to convert his good starts into big innings.

Coming to bat at number four, Virat Kohli seemed to be in good touch with opener Cheteshwar Pujara as he scored 20 runs, including a trademark drive. However, in the 30th over of the Indian innings, Virat Kohli was caught by Joe Root at first slip. Kohli was playing on the front foot, but due to extra bounce, Stokes’ ball took the outer edge of the bat and went behind the wicket, where he was caught.


Regarding this, Swann has said that Indian commentators should not be harsh on Virat Kohli. Speaking on Sony Sports, Swann said, “You can say what you want, I don’t care. Who is batting at any point in Test history doesn’t matter. If you take that delivery (Stokes). You are very lucky if you can avoid the ball (to Virat Kohli). It was an unplayable ball. A lucky catch at the end.” Root had caught the catch from the wicketkeeper’s gloves.

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Swann continued, “I often find that whenever Indian commentators talk about Virat, I always think ‘they are quite harsh on him’. The standards are too high for Virat. I thought he was very comfortable today.” Virat Kohli has not been able to score a single century in international cricket in the last 32 months. Even in the IPL, he has not been able to score a century, due to which he is criticized a little.

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