After the rain-rampant in the first test in the ENG vs IND test series, Kohli and Co. made sure that they make history at Lords in the second test. However, to everyone’s surprise, the same dominating Indian team at Lords fell numb at Leeds. What looked like a strong batting side for India on paper, failed horribly on the field. England bundled out India for just 78 runs in the first Innings.
While everyone was concerned about how tough batting is on this pitch, English batsmen left everyone in awe. They scored a mammoth first innings total of 432 and put India to bat on day 3. However, after a steady day of Indian batting with Pujara sitting on 91 and Kohli in the 40s fans thought India might hold this match up to a draw. Subsequently, on day 4 India collapsed again losing 7 wickets in 54 minutes.
However, Virat Kohli is sure about the team’s approach and has ensured that they will stick with five specialist bowlers and has ruled out the idea of playing an extra batsman.
“If your top six (including keeper) don’t do the job there is no guarantee that the extra guy can bail you out. You have to take pride in taking responsibility and doing the job for the team. If you don’t have the ability or resources to take 20 wickets in a Test match, then you are already playing for two results and that’s not how we play.Virat Kohli, when asked if he would play a sixth specialist batsman.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli has ensured that India will come back stronger than ever in the fourth test of the ENG vs IND test series.