The former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris feels that he does not have any concerns regarding Virat Kohli as a captain. The Team India skipper faced some heat after going down in the first two Tests. India faced defeat in two consecutive matches against England in the ongoing five-match Test series.
Styris heaped praise on both the teams. He lauded the quality of cricket and called them “two outstanding teams.”
The former all-rounder further said that he would not have felt surprised if India would have been up with 2-0 right now.
“They are up against a very good England team, who play very good cricket in those conditions. Part of me is not surprised that they are 2-0 down,” Styris maintained.
Given the way Joe Root and company defeated India at Lord’s, another defeat seems to be on the cards at the Trent Bridge. It looks hard than ever that India would be hardly able to save the series now.
Visitors faced a close defeat in the first Test match of the series that was held at Edgbaston. India’s loss came by a mere total of 31 runs. However, things went differently in the second Test in London.
India was in fact never in the game throughout the Test. England handed over a defeat of an innings and 159 runs to India. It was a horrific performance from India as they batted just 88.2 across both the innings.
Veteran Styris reiterated he feels relaxed with the leadership quality of Kohli. Styris was talking with International Business Times on the sidelines of Karnataka Premier League (KPL).
“Virat Kohli is an outstanding captain. We see that with India and the RCB [Royal Challengers Bangalore] as well. I wouldn’t have too many worries about his captaincy,” he added.
England Vs India: Scott Styris on the foot movement:
Styris urged Indian batsmen to play the ball as late as possible. He suggested Indian batters to use their feet properly. Styris scored a century in New Zealand tour of England in 2004.
Styris feels that Indian batters need to use Virat Kohli as a cannon who is a good captain.
“It’s hard [for the Indian batsmen]. We grew up in New Zealand on similar pitches and conditions to what we have in England. We are used to the moving ball as opposed to spinning wickets,” Styris said.
“However, it’s just about playing as late as possible. Make the bowlers come to you, don’t play away from your body. Most important thing is good foot movement. The basics of batting are the same,” Styris concluded.