India vs England: ‘Kohli sublime as batsman but not so hot as captain’

first_imgVirat Kohli and Team India failed to get over the line in Southampton as England won the fourth Test by 60 runs on Sunday to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.For the second time in the year, India went close to winning an overseas series but were unable to finish the job at hand. Kohli, in his post-match press conference said, “When you come so close, there is an art of crossing the line as well, which we will have to learn.” Indeed!For both England and India, their top order has averaged around 27, but it is the contribution of England’s lower-order that has made the difference. The average contribution of England’s last five wickets this Test series has been a staggering 29.22. Compare that to India’s lower order average of 17.35 and one can gauge this unit’s over-dependence on Kohli.Leaving aside the series loss for Kohli, he achieved a personal milestone on Sunday as he completed 4000 runs in Test cricket as captain. Kohli is the fastest to reach the landmark among all the 10 captains who have managed this feat.India vs England 4th Test: HIGHLIGHTS | REPORT | SCORECARDOn Sunday, though, with a day to spare, England wrapped up the series. England had earlier won the first Test at Edgbaston by 31 runs and then crushed the visitors by an innings and 159 runs in the second Test at Lord’s.India, got back in the series with a 203-run victory in the third Test at Trent Bridge, only to falter in the fourth Test and hand the series to England.advertisementREAD – Pushed England to earn victories, did not lose easy: Virat Kohli after series lossTwitter was unforgiving towards the Indian cricket team and Kohli. A Twitter user ‘@ashenai’ gave his assessment of the Indian performance and lauded Kohli for his batting but criticised his captaincy.Curran has been the game/series changer. He is my Player of the series.For India, the seamers have been the shining light.Kohli sublime as batsman but not so hot as Captain.Pant has ways to go before he can be a Test keeper.Pandya – inconsistent #EngvIndashenai (@ashenai) September 3, 2018Openers – one game they showed up we won. India’s biggest need. More than AI engineers.Coach – IndvAus – Kohli’s worst season as batsman. Out in 4th Test. India win that Test & series after being down 0-1 after 1st Test.That’s coaching – Shastri is just bluster#ENGvINDashenai (@ashenai) September 3, 2018Former England captain Michael Vaughan and Aakash Chopra particularly pointed out the difference between the lower-order contribution from both the teams with the latter saying, India already knew of the gap and had to fill it with their top order.From 36 for 4 in the 1st Innings to Win by so many is some performance … Sam Curran deserves a lot of the credit as do all the bowlers who have been outstanding this week .. & the catching ??#EngvIndMichael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 2, 2018Lower order contribution is indeed the difference between the two teams…but that was known to us and couldnt have been matched. India had to score their runs with the top order…didnt happen often enough. #EngvIndAakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 2, 2018Sam Curran was in for special praise from all corners after a gritty batting display and useful contributions with the ball, playing the perfect all-rounder character for England, alongside Ben Stokes.Also read – Virat Kohli gutted as India lose Test series: We were not good enoughAll this team gives is HOPE, whether it was 2014 or 2018, always so near yet so far. I have already given up for the Australian series too, waha bhi ek Sam Curran nikal kar aayega aur aisa hee rulaayega?? #ENGvINDSameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) September 2, 2018India lost this series to a 20 year old kid. Sam C, you little beauty! #ENGvINDRavi Maestri (@ravimaestri) September 2, 2018Moeen Ali picked a total of nine wickets in the Southampton Test on a pitch that was assisting the spinners. However, India’s premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin barely managed three wickets in the entirety of the Test and Sanjay Manjrekar termed this difference as the turnaround of fortunes.There is never one factor that decides the result of a Test. But in the final essay the difference between Moeen & Ashwin proved to be the difference between the two sides.#ENGvINDSanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) September 2, 2018England outspin India in England……didnt see this coming. Mooen Ali, take a bow ????? #ENDvINDAakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 2, 2018Taking twenty wickets is almost essential to win a Test…but that alone isn’t enough. Since the tour to SA, Indian bowlers have dismissed the opposition twice in 6 overseas Tests but still, have lost four of them. #EngvIndadvertisementAakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 3, 2018Many felt that this was a golden chance for India to beat England at home — an opportunity they will rue missing.To push England this hard in conditions loaded in their favourparticularly at Lord’s& after losing four tosses is testament to the quality of this Indian team. Twice letting England off from 86-6 will mean this series will feel like a golden opportunity missed. #EngvIndFreddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) September 2, 2018There will be a lot of talk about well done, being competitive, this n that. But at the end of the day We have lost another overseas series. Batting Blues. @being brutally honest. #ENGvINDAmol Muzumdar (@amolmuzumdar11) September 2, 2018Fantastic test match ..congratulations England ..virat kohli an absolute standout .and for me Kumara Dharmasena was fantastic in these conditions …best umpire @cricketsrilanka @BCCI @bhogleharshaSourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) September 2, 2018Also a good reminder that England didn’t win a single game in india and lost by an innings twice.Reason why one team is ranked no. 5 and other no. 1.India are not a great test side yet but they are better than everyone else out there so deservedly no. 1#ENGvINDcricket freak (@cricloverakku) September 2, 2018Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane’s gritty fifties on Day 4 went in vain as India lost the match by 60 runs. England had set India a target of 245 after getting bowled out for 271 in their second innings early on day 4.India in reply, got off to a poor start as KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and Shikhar Dhawan departed in quick succession to leave the team reeling at 22 for 3 in the first session.READ – England win series vs India: Ben Stokes, Sam Curran savour special dayCaptain Kohli and vice-captain Rahane then started the rebuilding process for India and steadied the innings with a dogged 101-run partnership off 254 balls for the fourth wicket.But India’s innings fell apart once Kohli fell for 58 to Moeen Ali at the stroke of tea. After Kohli’s departure, India lost their last seven wickets for just 61 runs in 19 overs. India crumbled and England walked away as masters of their conditions.last_img

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