Former India striker Ajit Agarkar defends Indian captain Virat Kohli said that one can only write off a contemporary match just after failures in three overs in the ongoing Test series of five matches against England.
He also stressed that Kohl scored runs against a similar English attack in 2018, and that the star batsman is keen to score big runs sooner rather than later. He also touched on the fact that Kohli coming out of the stump is not such a big concern.
Let’s wait and see: Ajit Agarkar on the ongoing battle of Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli has 70 international hundreds to his name, but has not won one since November 2019. In 10 Tests since the start of 2020, Kohli has scored only 407 runs and averaged less than 24. In the ongoing Test series against England, Kohli has scores of 0, 42 and 20.
‘Let’s wait and see, but in three innings you do not want to write off someone who was a modern big player. Virat Kohli scored runs against England in the 2018 series with all their bowlers available. He got a great ball from James Anderson in the first Test, fighting hard for his 40 in the second Test. You bowl an outsider for batsmen in the hallway, they hit the ball. These are conditions where the ball swings and seams. “Bowling on the fourth stump is very difficult for most batsmen.” Agarkar said in an interaction organized by Sony Sports Network.
I’m sure Virat Kohli would love to do runs: Ajit Agarkar
Virat Kohli scored a gruesome race in the 2014 tour of England, scoring 135 runs in 10 overs, but returned with a bang in 2018, scoring 692 runs in the Test series, despite India losing 1-4 . Agarkar pointed out that Kohli is too eager to get started as he has not scored a big score in Test cricket in almost two years.
‘If a bowler is in good play, that Sam Curran ball was good deception in the second innings of the Lord’s Test. I’m sure Kohli would love to get runs and all fans want him to get big runs. “The man has enough runs in international cricket, and if you do not get runs, you are eager to get into the series, it may have happened.” Added Agarkar.
India will be keen to take a 2-0 lead in the series when they clash with England on August 25 in the third Test to be played in Leeds.