London. The flop performance of Virat Kohli, the former captain of the Indian team and the backbone of batting at present, continues in England as well. King Kohli could only score 31 runs in both the innings of the ongoing fifth Test against England. Kohli’s bat scored 11 runs in the first innings and 20 runs in the second innings. He has come under the target of his critics after his poor performance on the England tour as well. But in the meantime, former English spinner Graeme Swann has defended him.
Graeme Swann believes that any batsman in any era could have dodged the ball on which Kohli was dismissed by Ben Stokes. Apart from this, he believes that it is not appropriate to point fingers at the star batsman for failing to play big innings despite a good start.
Virat Kohli was in good form in the second innings against England. He had made some good shots in his innings of 20 runs, but he could not read well the fifth ball of Captain Stokes, who came to bowl the 30th over for England. The result was that the ball, taking the outer edge of his bat, first reached the hands of wicketkeeper Sam Billings. After making a mistake with him there, Root, who was prepared in sleep, took a catch with one hand and forced him to go to the pavilion.
Speaking on Sony Sports, the former English spinner said that at times Indian commentators become very strict against Kohli. He said, ‘You can say whatever you want. I don’t mind. If at any point in Test history you are batting and you can escape from this delivery, then you are very lucky. This ball is not playable and in the end it is a lucky catch.
He said, ‘If you want to go on the front foot, the back foot, then it is not easy to play that ball. From an English point of view it seems to me quite often when Indian commentators talk about Virat Kohli, I think he is very harsh towards him. Expectations about Virat are huge. I think he was feeling comfortable today.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 04, 2022, 08:41 IST