Ind vs Eng 4th Test: Swann says Stokes ‘won the battle’ for getting Kohli out for a duck- India skipper Virat Kohli continued to struggle against England in successive Test. The 31-year-old was dismissed for a duck by England pacer Ben Stokes. The pacer surprised Kohli with short delivery as the latter was caught behind to Foakes, registering his second duck of the series. Now, former England spinner Graeme Swann has come up with a reply on the incident. Speaking to Star Sports in mid-match show, Swann praised Stokes and said that he won the battle against Kohli.
Earlier Kohli and Stokes were involved in an on-field argument after the latter tried to get under Mohd. Siraj’s skin. The duo were separated after umpires Virender Sharma and Nitin Menon intervened.
“He is world-class [Kohli], we all know that. On this wicket, it is very difficult to start. More so against spin bowlers because of the amount it can turn and bounce. You are not expecting an absolute floater like that,” Swann said.
“We know when Kohli is starting his innings, he looks to score early, he likes to get on the board. So, he just chased the ball. But if you are not as good as Virat Kohli, you probably do not nick the ball. Because it was that much in the slot, he was probably too late on it. So very well done, Ben Stokes. There were a few words said between them so Stokes has probably won that battle today. Just an absolute beauty,” Swann added.
Stokes had got Kohli’s wicket five times in his career. This is the second instance when Stokes got him out in the Test series.
Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar are battling in the middle. India were 153/6 during Tea Break. They trail by 52 runs against England who were bowled out for 205 in their first innings.