The third and fourth Test matches between India and England in Rajkot and Ranchi are also scheduled to be missed by Virat Kohli.
In the first two Test matches against England at home, former England captain Nasser Hussain claimed that India had not been as brutal with the bat without top Indian batsman Virat Kohli. Virat missed the first two Tests for personal reasons, but India has leveled the five-match series 1-1 with a draw. According to a source from ESPNcricinfo, the batter is also expected to miss the third and fourth Test matches against England in Rajkot and Ranchi. According to the source, the former captain of India is also questionable for the series finale against England at Dharamshala.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Nasser claimed that India’s batting has struggled without Virat’s aggressiveness and “in-your-face” demeanor.
“Virat Kohli is a cricket player who is aggressive. Although he is an aggressive cricketer, I believe that India has not been as brutal with the bat in three of the four innings as they would have liked to be “said Nasser.
“They have batted really well, and it is 1-1. Shubman Gill and young Jaiswal, with his double hundred, played beautifully, while KL Rahul batted effectively.”
Furthermore, he stated that Virat does not have to deal with as many soft dismissals as the Indian hitters have in this series since he is “driven by runs and winning games.”
“That Indian batting lineup has seen some cheap dismissals, which has occasionally left him exposed. When it comes to batting, Kohli is ruthless. He doesn’t give out gentle dismissals. His motivation comes from winning games and scoring runs. They will so miss that. Any side would be remiss in Virat Kohli’s class,” he stated.
In addition to criticising his side’s batting, the former England captain highlighted India’s struggles to turn strong starts into large totals, stating that hitting 30s and 40s does not win a team Test match.
Apart from (Zak) Crawley, England struggled in the second Test match. While they may appear excellent on the scorecard, 30s and 40s do not win Test matches, and India’s experience in Hyderabad was similar.”
“None of their batters went on to get a 100 and a big hundred, and if you look at the second Test with Jaiswal getting the double hundred in the first innings and Shubman Gill getting a 100 in the second innings, that is what wins you Test matches.”
If you so choose, you can execute it in a stylish manner like to Shubman Gill’s or an aggressive one akin to Jaiswal’s.