Virat Kohli has scored just a single fifty so far in the ongoing 5-match Test series vs England.© AFP
England skipper Joe Root said on Tuesday that his side India’s captain Virat Kohli will have to keep quiet over the next two tests if they are to win the five-game series. After the third Test, the series is at 1-1. Kohli has only scored one fifty plus score in the ongoing series so far, with James Anderson firing him twice. “The credit must go to our bowling attack, Virat is a world class player and so credit must be given to the bowling group. We’ve been able to keep him quiet, it’s an extremely good effort from our bowling group and it’s something we’re going through with We have to go if we want to win this series. We’ve found ways to get him out, he’s a great player and has done great things in Test cricket, we’ll have to look at ways to get the best players out,” Root said Tuesday during a virtual press conference.
“Absolutely, a world-class team like India led by Virat Kohli, I expect nothing less than a response. We would be naive to think otherwise. If we are at the forefront of the game at any stage, we must consolidate,” he added ready. .
With the score 215/2 at the start of the fourth morning, India had hoped to continue their comeback that they had started on day 3 of the third test in Leeds on Friday.
But that didn’t happen as the England bowlers came on fire and closed the game in the opening session itself on Saturday to post an innings and 76 run win.
“I think it was a brilliant performance, a nice template for us to really work with. The challenge is to replicate it and do it even better. From a bowling perspective I think we were flawless, we were up early the right track and we managed to do it for a long time. With bat in hand, Headingley was our best outing yet and hopefully we can continue,” Root said.
“I think more than anything, we’re really happy with how we’ve sort of grown in this series. We’ve worked extremely hard to make the series 1-1, now the hard work really starts. We’ll look to going again and getting better,” he added.
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