Former India batsman Virender Sehwag has said the whole country is believing in skipper Virat Kohli to lead India to win in the ongoing England vs India series.
Kohli has led the team from the very front in the series. It was mainly because of his brilliance with the bat that India is still in contention to win the series. In the series-opener, his splendid knocks of 149 and 51 had put India on the verge of the victory. But lack of support from other batsmen saw the team lose the cliffhanger by 31 runs.
Kohli failed to do much in the second and as a result, India ended up suffering an innings defeat. However, India’s captain fantastic bounced back in style in the do-or-die game at Trent Bridge. He scored 97 and 103, helping India thrash England by 203 runs and win the game to claw their way back in the series.
India now trail England 1-2 with two matches remaining. And Sehwag feels India can go on to win the series 3-2.
“Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, India can defeat England 3-2 to win Test series. It’s tough but not impossible for the current set of players to win the Test series from this stage,” Sehwag told IndiaTV.
So far, Kohli has scored a staggering 440 runs in the series. With this, he has managed to answer his critics, who had doubted Kohli’s ability to excel in English conditions after his dismal show in 2014. On his last tour to England in 2014, Kohli managed to score just 134 runs in five Test matches at a poor batting average of 13.40.
Kohli has now gone past former skipper Mohammad Azharuddin to become the India skipper with most runs in a Test series in England.
Commenting on India’s over-dependence on Kohli, Sehwag said he hopes to see the Indian skipper remain in form to lead his side to the series win.
“Not just players but the entire nation has its faith in Virat Kohli. India are excessively dependent on their skipper. We hope he continues to score runs in following Test matches as well and take his team to the series triumph,” Sehwag added.
The fourth Test gets underway on August 30 in Southampton.