India vs England Test Series – Nasser Hussain on India, Virat Kohli: Former England captain Nasser Hussain feels Virat Kohli has instilled a fighting attitude in the current Indian team, which does not get bullied by adversities. Hussain warned England to be ready for a tough one in the four-Test series against India.
“Any side that can go to Australia, go 1-0 down after being bowled out for 36, lose Kohli because he’s going home on paternity leave, lose your bowling attack and still come back and win after some of the stuff that went on off the field in Australia, they won’t be bullied,” he told Sky Sports.
“They are a tough side. I think Kohli has instilled that. Make no mistake, at home, they are a formidable outfit.”
Insisting that England will head into the India assignment with plenty of confidence after the 2-0 series sweep of Sri Lanka, Hussain urged the visitors to field their best XI in the first Test.
Hussain had earlier taken strong objection to England’s decision to rest Jonny Bairstow for the first two India Tests. “…all I would have asked is turn up to Chennai with your best 13 to 15 players.
“I think England fans have earned the right for their best team to be there that first day. If it means (Stuart) Broad and (James) Anderson playing together because it’s a bit green, worry about the Ashes down the line.”
India vs England: Rahane, Rohit arrives in Chennai: Meanwhile Indian cricketers have started reaching Chennai for the test series. Indian team vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, senior batsman Rohit Sharma and pacer Shardul Thakur arrived here on Tuesday for the first two Tests against England. Rahane, Rohit and Thakur flew in from Mumbai and headed to the hotel where members of the two teams will be put up as part of the bio-bubble, the Indian squad’s local liaison officer said.
The other Indian players, including skipper Virat Kohli, are expected to reach Chennai in batches on Wednesday.
While some England players like Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Moeen Ali are already in the city, the others will be arriving on Wednesday.
Skipper Joe Root will be among the players to reach Chennai from Sri Lanka, where England won the Test series 2-0 on Monday.
The players of the two teams will undergo six-day quarantine in the bio-bubble at Hotel Leela Palace as part of protocols and will undergo COVID-19 testing, a Tamil Nadu Cricket Association official told PTI.
“Members of the two teams will be put up at Hotel Leela Palace along with match officials. They will be under quarantine for six days and are likely to start practice from February 2,” the official said.
The first Test will be played at the M A Chidambaram stadium from February 5 and the second from February 13 at the same venue.