Former England batsman Nasser Hussain mentioned that Virat Kohli has proved it right in his team selection to leave out a world-class spinner like Ravichandran Ashwin. Kohli at the toss mentioned that Ashwin has been missing out due to the balance of the side and believed that Jadeja could use the rough against the left-hander.
A lot of people questioned Virat Kohli’s decision to leave out a spinner like Ravichandran Ashwin, but it did work out as the four-seamer attack has been deadly. Shardul Thakur‘s contribution with the bat has helped the team’s cause to a large extent and it has left India with a lot of options. India cannot lose the series now with a 2-1 lead, however, they will be looking to leave the country on a high note with a series win.
Nasser Hussain Reckons Virat Kohli Answered All The Questions
Nasser Hussain mentioned in his column that Virat Kohli has ticked all the boxes as a captain after the win at Oval and reckoned that the questions over non-selection of R Ashwin from the playing XI have now disappeared. He added Kohli was right in backing his seam bowling attack to do the job.
“Even the non-selection of Ravichandran Ashwin, the top-ranked spinner in Test cricket, became irrelevant. People said India would miss him. Kohli said: ‘No, we won’t. I’m backing our seamers to do the job.’ And he was right,” Nasser Hussain wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
Nasser Hussain Opines Virat Kohli Used Jadeja Cleverly
Nasser Hussain felt that Kohli had used the left-arm spin option of Jadeja very wisely by rotating the fast bowlers from the other end and giving them short bursts. He added that Root failed to use Moeen Ali cleverly who could have had the same impact as Jadeja and was worried about the workload of the English bowlers as well.
“Kohli also used Jadeja cleverly – in a way that Root failed to do with Moeen Ali on the fourth day. By keeping his spinner on at one end, India’s captain could rotate the quicks at the other, using them in short, sharp bursts and keeping them fresh. By ignoring Moeen, Root ended up bowling his seamers into the ground, with possible consequences for the fifth Test at Old Trafford,” he added.
The fifth test between India and England at Old Trafford starts on 10th September.