Ind vs Eng: ‘King Virat Kohli had his Midas Test, everything he touched turned to Gold’, declares Naseer Hussain

Ind vs Eng: ‘King Virat Kohli had his Midas Test, everything he touched turned to Gold’, declares former England captain Naseer Hussain
Ind vs Eng: ‘King Virat Kohli had his Midas Test, everything he touched turned to Gold’, declares former England captain Naseer Hussain

Ind vs Eng: Naseer Hussain on Virat Kohli- Naseer Hussain was all praises for captain Virat Kohli as India went on to win the match by taking all the 10 wickers on the final day of the 4th Test. He credited Kohli for every bowling change and tweaks to the field.

‘One way or another, this was Kohli’s Midas Test – everything he touched turned to gold,’ Naseer Hussain wrote in his DailyMail column.

He feels that India are on verge of winning the Test series after a 2-1 lead at Manchester. ‘India are now one game away from a famous series victory, not long after beating Australia in their own backyard,’ he added.

Ind vs Eng: ‘King Virat Kohli had his Midas Test, everything he touched turned to Gold’, declares Naseer Hussain

Ind vs Eng: Naseer Hussain on Virat Kohli: He credited Kohli for sticking to his decision to play 4 seamers. ‘Even the non-selection of Ravichandran Ashwin, the top-ranked spinner in Test cricket, became irrelevant,’ he added.

He felt that Kohli used R Jadeja cleverly which Joe Root failed to do with Moeen Ali on Day 4, shifting the momentum in favor of India. He said that the Indian left-arm seamer was used the rough outside the right-hander’s leg stump that created conditions for reverse swing.

Hussain also credited Jasprit Bumrah for taking the pitch out of the equation by bowling the bouncers and yorkers.

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Ind vs Eng: Michael Vaughan on Virat Kohli: Meanwhile former England captain Michael Vaughan tweeted, “Sometimes, you have to accept that a team is better than you when the pressure is on. India are better when it really matters.”

‘India have always been favourites to win this series because they are the better team. They turned this Test match around from day one and that is what high-class teams do. Look at India’s batting line-up and not many are in form but they found a way. They are battle-hardened so when pressure is on they know how to play,’ Vaughan wrote in his column for Telegraph.

‘For years we beat Australia and India in our conditions but now we are struggling. Australia got a draw here in 2019 and India are 2-1 up in this series. England have to work out how to become battle-hardened when the pressure is on,’ he added.

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Indian bowlers delivered big time on the last day of the fourth Test at the Kennington Oval on Monday as the genius of mercurial Jasprit Bumrah, and all-round performance by Shardul Thakur in the match helped visitors in defeating England by 157 runs to gain an unassailable lead of 2-1 in the series. It was also India’s first win in Oval in 50 years.

The hosts were bowled out for just 210 runs, adding just 134 runs to the overnight score. Half-centurions Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns were the only positives in the batting department—a big letdown for England in the ongoing Test series.

With the conditions good enough for batting, England openers got the hosts off to a decent start, with both scoring fifties, however, Shardul came into the attack and got rid of Burns in his first over of day 5.

Shardul Thakur who was part of the Indian quartet in scoring more than 50 runs in the second innings, again dazzled as he sent back Joe Root to the pavilion. Hosts were still in the game until just after lunch on Day 5 when Jasprit Bumrah produced a glorious spell to give India a real shot at victory.

Ind vs Eng: ‘King Virat Kohli had his Midas Test, everything he touched turned to Gold’, declares Naseer Hussain

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(with inputs from ANI)