Former England skipper Nasser Hussain has showered praise on Indian captain Virat Kohli for his captaincy in the England vs India 4th Test match at Kennington Oval, London. Notably, India defeated England by the huge margin of 157 runs and they managed to earn an unassailable 2-1 lead against Joe Root-led side in the 5-match Test series.
While writing in his column for the Daily Mail, Nasser Hussain stated that every field and bowling change made by the Indian captain Virat Kohli worked in India’s favor. He also pinpointed that as soon as India took the second new ball Umesh Yadav managed to get a breakthrough for India. Nasser Hussain also felt that everything Virat Kohli touched turned into gold.
“Every bowling change worked, and so did every tweak to the field. And when he took the second new ball after tea, it produced a wicket straightaway, with Umesh Yadav getting Craig Overton. One way or another, this was Kohli’s Midas Test – everything he touched turned to gold, and India are now one game away from a famous series victory, not long after beating Australia in their own backyard.”
“Jadeja performed another important function too”: Nasser Hussain
Nasser Hussain further added that Virat Kohli used his sole spinner Ravindra Jadeja very cleverly. Hussain pinpointed how Kohli kept spinner on one and end and he kept rotating his pacers from the other end to keep them fresh which England captain Joe Root failed to do.
“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.”: Nasser Hussain elaborated
Former England skipper highlighted that other than picking crucial wickets of Moeen Ali and Haseeb Hameed, The left-arm-spinner Jadeja also continuously bowled his deliveries on the rough side which led to the ball getting reverse swing, which benefited Indian bowlers a lot.
“Jadeja performed another important function too, aside from the important wickets of Haseeb Hameed and Moeen. He was landing it in the rough outside the right-hander’s leg stump, which created the conditions for reverse-swing because it allowed them to keep one side rough and the other side smooth.” : Nasser Hussain explained
Meanwhile, India will lock horns with England in the 5th and final Test match of the series, which will start on September 10 at Manchester.