Virat Kohli has nothing to prove against England, reckons Gautam Gambhir
The Indian team has a good chance of winning a test series in England
Updated - Jul 24, 2018 10:08 pm
The Indian team started their long tour of England in great fashion. They won the T20I series and looked all set to do well in the ODI fixtures as well. Virat Kohli and Co won the first game but lost the other two to concede the series 2-1. With England and India winning one series each, the five-match Test series will decide as to who will have the last laugh.
Test cricket is altogether a different ball game. The format requires patience and determination over a longer period to pull out positive results. The last time India played test matches in England, they were outplayed handsomely and Kohli failed to score runs as he usually does. The 29-year-old has scored only 140 runs in his previous ten Test innings on English shores at a measly average of just 14. However, Gautam Gambhir feels that Virat has nothing to prove in the test series in England.
A legend of the modern day game
“Someone like Ricky Ponting! He has only had one international hundred in India and people still call him a legend. You can’t define someone if he has had just one bad tour. He (Kohli) has already proved himself in different conditions, so he should not be thinking on the lines that he has to prove something on the English tour,” Gambhir stated in his analysis of the upcoming series for Cricbuzz.
The run machine is expected to be the focal point of the series and he will be required to lead from the front. It will be interesting to see how Kohli deals with the pressure and sets an example for his team.
The India skipper has commented in the past that it does not matter if he scores runs or not as long as the side keeps performing. However, fast bowler James Anderson feels that Kohli will be desperate to get some runs under his belt in England and win the series for India. The first match is set to take place at Edgbaston in Birmingham on August 1.