Former Indian batsman turned commentator Aakash Chopra has made an interesting revelation just as the World Test Championship final went underway on Saturday. Chopra said that both Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson are yet to prove themselves in England. Meanwhile, the WTC final started on Saturday after the first day was called off due to rain. With the reserve day provisions in place, there are still five days of cricket possible.
Meanwhile, talking to Star Sports in the pre-match show, Aakash Chopra said that neither Kohli nor Williamson have not set the “world on fire in England”. He further said that the WTC final presents an opportunity for both the captains to change their history. Both Kohli and Williamson are yet to win a major ICC title as captain. Williamson came close in the 2019 ICC World Cup final but was denied the glory.
“You are obviously anxious as you are waiting for an event to start and you are talking about a world event, the final of the WTC. So you are slightly nervy to begin with but nerves do settle down after a period of time. But when you play this amount of cricket and that high pedigree, you know how to switch on and off. A few things to settle as well, when you look at Kane and Kohli, Kane is averaging just under 30 in England, Kohli is also averaging 36, it’s not that they have set the world on fire on the English soil.”
Aakash Chopra further said that both Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli should walk out as leaders in this big final and set an example as to how to win big tournaments.
Virat Kohli & Kane Williamson Should Lead By Example: Aakash Chopra
“They have been there few times there, both of them, it’s time for the leaders to walk the a talk, lead by example and score the necessary runs because what we remember is the contributions of runs in the knockout stages. These are the things which stay with you forever,” Aakash Chopra said.
Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan also kept his words on the duo who are counted among the Fab 4 with Joe Root and Steve Smith included as well. Pathan said that Kohli must score his much-awaited hundred in this tour of England.
“Virat Kohli needs to start this tour of England from here he left in 2018, 2014 was different. Keep doing what he is doing the best and take the responsibility but at the same time he is going with 5 bowlers, he needs to keep that in mind and Virat Kohli the batsman needs to come out and may be score that big hundred we are waiting for,” Pathan said.
Kane Williamson has 261 runs from five games in England at a meager average of 26.10. Kohli has scored 727 runs from 10 games in England. He had a forgetful 2014 tour where he scored 13 from five games. He followed it up in 2018 with 593 runs from five games at an average of 59.30.