Ramiz Raja praised Virat Kohli
After losing the 1st Test vs England India gets under pressure to make their comeback in their home ground. With England skipper Joe Root’s impressive double ton England claim the victory by a massive 227 runs.
In the second Test match, Rohit Sharma’s impressive 161 runs made a descent lead for team India in the 1st innings. Ashwin with his 5 wicket haul bags England while scoring 134 runs.
Unexpectedly in the 2nd innings, top-order players fail to add runs to the scoreboard. In the middle skipper Kohli by joining hands with Ashwin made a steady inning and bring back India in-game.
India beat England by 317 runs in the 2nd Test match of the 4 match series.
“The batting was outstanding. When your opener scores above 160, you can’t really question the pitch. And the way Ashwin batted in the second innings using his common sense was superb. But the man who batted the best in the match was Virat Kohli. His footwork exemplary, concentration was very good on a difficult track. It felt like a Rolls Royce was batting in the middle,” Raja said in his YouTube channel.
Ever since the return of cricket, Kohli has managed some crucial fifties for India, be it 74 in Adelaide Test against Australia, or a fifty against England in first Test, or the one in the second Test. Raja went on to say that India got their selection right.
“India went ahead of the perfect team. They did not shy away from making bold selections. Axar Patel picked up five wickets on debut, Ravichandran Ashwin scored a century, picked up wickets, the catching was brilliant from India. Overall, it was a complete performance from India. They had lost the first Test, needed to make a turnaround and they did it,” he added.
“My gut feeling says, England will be battered in the rest of the series. India are now in form,” he said.
The 3rd Test match is scheduled to play in Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad from February 24.