Indian captain Virat Kohli has started sweating it out in the nets ahead of the five-match Test series in England. Virat Kohli, due to his back issues, could not participate in the warm-up game against the County Select XI in Durham. However, the right-handed batsman is trying to get into full gear at the same venue. Kohli faced right-arm Prasidh Krishna and left-arm seamer Arzan Nagwaswalla – India’s two reserve pacers – during the lunch break of the fixture on day three.
Virat Kohli played some glorious shots and hardly looked like the runs have dried off his bat. The 32-year old has been under reasonable pressure for runs across formats, having struggled for the same. Kohli’s India lost the World Test Championship final to New Zealand in Southampton, going down by eight wickets. The right-handed batsman notched up scores of 44 and 13 when the expectation was much higher.
Notably, he has not reached the three-figure mark in international cricket since November 2019. Kohli’s last hundred was against Bangladesh in the pink-ball Test in Kolkata against Bangladesh. Hence, the Delhi-born cricketer would be keen to prove a point in the five-Test series against England, starting from the 4th of August in Nottingham.
Virat Kohli was the highest run-getter in India’s 2018 tour of England:
Meanwhile, Kohli could look for inspiration from his own performances with the bat when India toured England three years ago to play five Tests. The 32-year old, with 593 runs in five Tests, had the most runs from both sides. Unfortunately, the tourists could not win as he lacked support from the other batters in crucial junctures. Should he usher India to a win in England this time, it would be India’s first Test series victory on the English shores since 2007.
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