Sunil Gavaskar and Nasser Hussain have opened up on Virat Kohli’s early exit on day six of the ICC World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand in Southampton. On a sunny day, the Indian team would have wanted a significant knock from the Indian captain to push for a win. But Kohli’s departure in the fifth over of the innings prompted Nasser Hussain to say that his dismissal had taken them back to 2014.
The dismissal occurred in the 36th over of the game as Virat Kohli could not counter the extra bounce generated by Kyle Jamieson. It went away from his body and the late movement meant that the right-handed batsman ended up nicking to the keeper. BJ Watling, playing his final Test, took an easy catch behind the stumps and the Kiwis were ecstatic to see the back of Kohli for 13. It also meant that Jamieson got the 32-year old for the second time in the match.
The 2014 England tour saw the 32-year old gifting his wicket to James Anderson by fiddling on the balls outside of off stump. While Virat has drastically improved his record in Test cricket, he finished with an underwhelming 134 runs in ten innings on that visit, averaging 13.50. Coming back to the ICC World Test Championship, India have lost five wickets and lead by 98 runs, with Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja on the crease.
That was the sort of line that James Anderson troubled him with in 2014: Nasser Hussain
Nasser Hussain commented that Virat Kohli’s dismissal against Kyle Jamieson in the second innings resembled the one in 2014 and not 2018 when he showed a marked improvement. The former England captain underlined that James Anderson troubled him with that line in 2014; however, Kohli left those deliveries when playing in England last time.
“Little bit more like 2014 and not the one of 2018. That was the sort of line that James Anderson troubled him with in 2014. He left those last time around when he played in England,” Hussain said in the commentary box.
On the other hand, Sunil Gavaskar lamented the lack of footwork behind Virat Kohli’s departure. “His backfoot didn’t move and he committed himself to the shot.”