England pacer Ollie Robinson admitted that dismissing Indian captain Virat Kohli was his biggest wicket and he was delighted to get it.
On Thursday, Kohli (42) gave some handful of runs in India’s total of 276/3, he was involved in a 117-run stand with opener KL Rahul, who scored his career’s sixth hundred against England on the first day of the second Test at Lord’s.
Kohli failed to reach his 26th Test fifty after he nicked Ollie Robinson’s good length ball that was pitched outside off and England skipper Joe Root took a catch at first slip. Robinson revealed that his plan was to bowl line at the fourth or fifth stump to Kohli which went well for him.
Virat Kohli is probably my biggest wicket to date: Ollie Robinson
“Virat (Kohli) is probably my biggest wicket to date, so I was happy with that. It was a huge moment. The plan for him was always to bowl the fourth-fifth stump line, back of a length. Luckily the plan worked,” Robinson said after stumps on Day 1.
Senior bowler Stuart Broad was ruled out of the Test series after he endured a calf tear which allowed Robinson to pair with James Anderson to bowl the new ball. The 27-year-old said it was his privilege to bowl with England’s highest Test wicket-taker.
“It was a privilege to share the new ball with Jimmy (Anderson). I’ve shown over the last couple of games that I’m ready for the toil when it comes,” Robinson asserted.
Indian batters played well even though we toiled hard against them: Ollie Robinson
Earlier in the day, Indian openers wreaked havoc on the field scoring runs at a regular pace that kept England bowlers sweating for their wickets. Robinson appreciated India for their dominant performance and hopes to get the remaining wickets on the second day.
“I felt we did bowl well. We toiled hard against their batters and to be fair, they played well. It’s just one of those days where they didn’t nick it to be honest,” Robinson said.
“We definitely looked at conditions and thought we could get a few early ones here. I think on another day it (wickets) might have happened,” he added.