India vs England: Can Virat Kohli Pass The English Test And Silence His Critics?

We have no Ganguly, Dravid, Sachin or Dhoni this time as the young Indian cricket team led by Virat Kohli is all set to face the tough unfriendly conditions in England ahead of the first test match starting August 1, 2018.

Indeed, the Indian skipper would now be under huge pressure to perform after he failed to tackle seam and bounce on the 2014 tour. Since the beginning of the year, the focus is on how Kohli is going to perform in England this time? Also, there is so much debate going on related to the 29-year-old batsman that we have almost forgotten that there will be 10 other players playing along with him.

God forbid if he doesn’t deliver up to everyone’s expectations then there will, of course, be criticism and the English critics will say “We warned you”

While Indian critics will blame his footwork or lack of it in seaming conditions and will compare him from former Indian captains.

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Whatever it is, Kohli needs to deliver in such tough conditions to prove his credibility. This is the reason why the Delhite needs to seize the upcoming opportunity to silence critics.

Former India opener Aakash Chopra told TOI,” He (Virat) doesn’t have to prove himself, but to justify his tag of the best batsman in the world he has to perform well. It is very important for Asian batsmen to score big runs in countries like Australia, England, and South Africa. Virat has scored everywhere else, England remains the final frontier”.

Now, If Virat manages to do well in England this time, India will now have better chances of registering their 4th test series win in England.

On the 2014 tour, Virat averaged just 13.40 in the 5 Tests and India lost the series 3-1. Aakash Chopra told TOI, “If Virat is in good form, it will have a huge impact on the rest of the team. The others also have to come good, but Virat doing well will be critical to India’s success in England. If Virat doesn’t do well as a batsman, things can go south very quickly. Virat’s batting form will have a big impact on how India does on this tour.”

Virat has so far played 66 Tests and has an average of 53.40. Well, that’s a fantastic career average to have and the Indian captain is 23rd on the list of highest career averages and we believe that Virat will definitely perform on the green pitch and will pass this English test.

Do you believe that Kohli will silence his critics?

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