Former Pakistan captain, Inzamam-ul-Haq says that Virat Kohli’s knock of 77 runs from 46 balls was the only positive Team India could take from their 8-wicket loss to England in the third T20I on Tuesday.
Similar to the first T20I, India’s top-order was blown away by the England pacers. Virat Kohli played a blinder of an innings: starting slow he built small partnerships with Rishab Pant and Shreyas Iyer before teeing off in the death overs with Hardik Pandya at the other end.
Inzamam-ul-Haq says that while Kohli’s innings, ladened with 8 fours and 4 sumptuous sixes, was a top-drawer knock, but he could only prevent an early loss for India as Jos Buttler rumbled the visitors to the finish line with a half-century of his own.
“The openers pushed India on the back foot and it was only Virat Kohli who made an effort to score runs. It’s a good thing that Virat looked in good touch, in good form. Early on, even he struggled to get going, scoring some 30 runs off 29 balls but from there, the way in which he accelerated was simply brilliant. In 17-18 balls, he scored somewhere between 40 to 45 runs which is a good thing. I think it was the only positive for India in the match,” Inzamam-ul-Haq said in a video on his YouTube channel.
“England outclassed India in all three departments. Buttler’s hitting was not out of the ordinary but he still made it a one-sided match. India’s 158 is not a par total in T20s. They scored some 85 runs in the first over and had it not been for Kohli’s brilliance, this would have been an even more one-sided match,” he added.
India still have the ability to make a strong return: Inzamam-ul-Haq
The 51-year-old legendary batsman opines that the Men in Blue however can still make a comeback in the series – they are known for their epic comebacks of late – and if they can win the fourth game, it will set-up for an exciting finish in the fifth game.
“India have been known to make good comebacks. So India still have the ability to make a strong return from here. Their batting hasn’t exactly clicked yet but they have some very dangerous T20 batsmen so I’m sure the next game will be very interesting to watch. And if India can win the next game, the decider will become an even more mouth-watering fixture,” the former skipper further said.