Gulf News – India’s Captain Virat Kohli plays a shot on the second day of the first Test cricket match between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham, central England on August 2, 2018.

Summary

  • India’s Captain Virat Kohli plays a shot on the second day of the first Test cricket match between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham, central England on August 2, 2018.
  • James Anderson’s excellence magnified minute flaws in the mechanics of Kohli’s technique — a slightly bottom-handed grip; and a tendency to leave his right hip too square, which disturbed his balance and so his ability to attend to balls that swung late.
  • By the time his miserable sojourn in England — 134 runs at 13.40 apiece, including four dismissals in just 50 balls against Anderson — ended, Kohli had taken on the air of a child forlornly trying to complete a Rubik’s cube.
  • “I am not sure if he has changed,” Anderson said while Kohli was ravaging England’s attack in India in 2016.
  • In a sense all that Kohli has done since — recalibrating his technique; excelling against South Africa’s formidable pace attack; the plan, albeit scuppered due to injury, to play County Championship cricket this summer — has been designed to ensure that he had the best possible chance of excelling this time in England.


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