In the ongoing 5th Test Match, the prized scalp of veteran Indian batsman Virat Kohli was taken by England’s new young bowler Matthew Potts on the opening day of the Test at Edgbaston.
Potts stated on Saturday that he always attempts to put the ball in the right areas on the pitch.
When Kohli attempted to leave after playing a forward defensive shot on Friday, he took too long to remove the bat, which led to him slicing off the bottom edge of his stumps for 11. Potts had even more joy than when he had earlier trapped Hanuma Vihari lbw with a nip-backer.
Rishabh Pant Played An Absolute Blinder Of A Knock: Matthew Potts
“I wouldn’t say making a habit of it (getting the opposition’s best player out), I just try to put the ball in the good area and then if something happens then it does. Virat is obviously a great player, it’s obviously nice to notch that one as well and have it there. But if it was any batsman, I’d look to put the ball there with the same intent, it just happens that it was Virat,” said Potts in a pre-match chat with broadcasters Sky Sports.
On the first day’s play, he said, “I think we put in a good day yesterday, a good shift. The boys are coming back today with the intent to clean them up and the batters are excited to get back out there on what seems to be a good pitch. Every day has been tough but you learn to enjoy that and yesterday was the first time I’ve been put under pressure. Rishabh played an absolute blinder of a knock, you could hit through the line on that.”
In getting into the England team he said, “Nice to progress and get more and more into the frame. It’s something that I have taken in my stride. It’s just the same game, but you are wearing a different shirt and cap apart from some external pressures. I am just trying to keep it simple and give my best.”