Former Pakistan cricketer Salman Butt felt that Indian batter Virat Kohli has rotten luck at the moment and it was once again on display on Day 3 of the Edgbaston Test against England.
Kohli got off to a start and was looking good at the crease. He played a few sumptuous cover drives and was untroubled for most of the knock.
However, batting on 20, the 33-year-old got an unplayable delivery from Ben Stokes which saw his downfall. The ball was delivered on a good length but it snaked up off the pitch and caught a glove of Kohli before being caught behind.
“Whenever Virat Kohli seems to be playing well, he gets an unplayable ball. He looked confident today (Sunday) and was batting well. To score big runs, you need some luck. No one else got the kind of unplayable ball that Virat did. There is nothing that Kohli or any other batter could do about that ball,” Butt said on his YouTube channel.
“India have variety. They have seamers who can move the ball off the deck” – Salman Butt
Butt also pointed out the difference between Indian and New Zealand bowlers, claiming that the former group can get the ball to move off the surface, something that the Kiwis lacked in the 3-match series against England.
“India’s fast bowlers are superior to that of New Zealand’s. India have variety. They have seamers who can move the ball off the deck. (Mohammad) Shami and (Jasprit) Bumrah can do that, (Mohammed) Siraj hits the deck hard. They bowl nagging lines and lengths with aggression. Shardul Thakur is a medium pacer, who can swing the ball,” he also added.
As things stand, India is in pole position to register a series win. They are effectively 257/3 at the end of Day 3 with Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara at the crease.