Indian captain Virat Kohli‘s continued abomination with the bat continued when he fell to James Anderson again in the first innings of the third Test match at Headingley, Leeds. India were blown out for 78 runs, with Anderson leading with figures of 3/6.
Former England batsman Ian Bell has expressed his opinion on what sent off the Indian batsman, who has now scored 50 overs without scoring a century in international cricket, and his highest score in the consecutive Test series was 42 and has also made a golden duck.
From a technical point of view, Virat Kohli was a bit hard on the ball: Ian Bell
Virat Kohli walked in the bat with the score of India with 4/2 in the 5ste past. He survived 17 deliveries by 7 runs, including a boundary. But could not stop himself from sending a James Anderson delivery off the stump to Jos Buttler, and stepped back to the pavilion and left India 21/3.
Ian Bell felt Virat Kohli was trying to get hold of the ball but it slipped out of his hands.
‘For me, Kohli was a bit hard on the ball, especially during the first session of a Test match. You have to let it play, let the ball come under your eyes and suffocate any movement if there is one. Technically, Kohli was a little hard on the ball. Headingley is not the best place to drive the ball. The full drift ball is actually a wicket delivery from all grounds in England, “ Said Ian Bell in a video on ESPNCricinfo.com.
Ian Bell further said that although Virat Kohli likes to force himself on situations and dominate from the start, according to his current form with the bat, he needs to relax a bit, play with soft hands and the ball to let him come.
‘Kohli likes to push himself on situations, and that’s a great trait, but you still have to let the ball come to you and play. He’s one of the best players we’ve seen, but at the moment he’s trying hard to score runs, and sometimes you have to let the game happen. He just needs to relax and make things happen. ” Bell added.
Many experts and fans equate Kohli’s ongoing race in the English series with his atrocity in the 2014 series, where he scored 135 runs in 10 overs in England.