Former England batsman Nick Compton advised Indian skipper Virat Kohli to score a hundred against England to hit back at them instead of getting involved in abusive fights.
Both India and England had an unforgettable Test match at Lord’s as there was thrill, excitement, aggression, heated moments and exchange of words. The players of both teams were at loggerheads with each other on the field.
Kohli showed a lot of emotions during England’s second innings and his reactions were amusing to fans and experts after every wicket went down. He also told something to England’s lower-order batsman Ollie Robinson when he came to bat.
Nick Compton feels that Virat Kohli can be aggressive in a more intelligent way
Compton, who had earlier called Kohli ‘most fouled-mouth individual’, thinks there are some ways in which players can express their aggression and they can do it in their performances themselves. He cited the example of Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s aggressive behaviour in his individual performance.
“Indian players must give it back (to England). I am not saying they shouldn’t be aggressive. I think (Ravindra) Jadeja has got that in him. I think that you do get a good mixture within the team. There are different ways to being aggressive. Kohli can probably do it in a more intelligent way, without having these abusive fights. Sometimes the best way is to say nothing and go out there and get a hundred,” Compton told SportsKeeda.
I don’t think anything is personal: Nick Compton on Virat Kohli
Compton said he has nothing personal issues with the Indian skipper and compared his style of captaincy to his rival players like New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Joe Root.
“I don’t think it is anything personal. I think if you see the likes of Williamson, Root, they just go about their cricket a different way. I am not saying that whether it is right or wrong,” Compton told SportsKeeda.
“I think the way Kohli goes about it, there is definitely a place for it in the game. I am just talking about his verbals out there. He is quite foul-mouthed. It is not for everyone. I am a fan of quietly going about it, being strong in different ways,” he added.
India currently lead the five-match Test series 1-0 and will head to Headingley in Leeds to play the third Test against England.