Former England cricketer Nasser Hussain has reckoned England will find it hard to make a comeback in the series as Virat Kohli and his team have been fired up and won’t let themselves down. England hasn’t been able to dominate like a home side against India despite the pitch suiting them more and have gone 0-1 down in the series already.
The Lord’s test was something extraordinary for the Indian team and it will remain a historic win for a long time. With England most likely to win the Test on the final day, India turned the tables and put up a spirited effort that changed the whole Test upside-down.
Nasser Hussain Explains India’s New Look Dominant Nature
Nasser Hussain explained that India isn’t the same side as in the past where they get bullied by the crowds from Australia or any country and have remained very passive in the previous generations. He recalled the Gabba test as a perfect example when India went for a win rather than a draw and pulled off a stunning victory. He added that England won’t able to bully India after this in the series and it might be tough roads for England.
“This India are not a side who will be bullied, as perhaps previous generations have been. They wouldn’t allow themselves to be bullied by Aussie players or crowds — when Tim Paine said, “Wait until we get you to the Gabba”, it just spurred them on.”
“And nothing England can do will bully them now even if Chris Silverwood has said he will fight Indian fire with fire for the rest of this series,” Nasser Hussain wrote on Daily Mail.
Nasser Hussain Opines On Kohli’s Aggression
Nasser Hussain summed up that Kohli’s aggressive mindset will get under the skins of the opponents and could even possibly break their strong minds. He added that the opponents will hate playing against the Virat Kohli-led Indian team as they won’t go without a fight in any situation.
“Kohli’s aggression is aimed at winding up the opposition and he gets under the skin of every team he plays against. I’m sure most don’t particularly like playing against him and English supporters won’t particularly like him but he won’t care a jot about that.”
“I remember speaking to Duncan Fletcher about Kohli when he was India coach and he just told me he was a winner. At almost any cost, too,” he added.
The third Test between India and England will take place at Headingly from August 25.