Here Sourav Ganguly’s advise for Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper
- Author: Julie Sanders Aug 06, 2018,
Aug 06, 2018, 22:58
However, he will miss the next match in the series, which begins later this week, as the trial continues.
But by 10.30am on Monday, just three days later, the former England vice-captain sat glumly in the dock of courtroom number one.
The lively paceman and hard-hitting batsman was centre stage when taking two wickets in an over, including the prize scalp of India captain and star batsman Virat Kohli, as England took charge decisively of what had been a see-saw contest. He was booed when he entered the ground in the first innings but was given a standing ovation when he left the ground after scoring 149 runs.
At Edgbaston, just as Hardik Pandya started showing signs of confidence, hitting Stuart Broad straight past him and then whipped him through midwicket, Kohli thought he could relax a bit and play his strokes freely. However, he is confident that India can make a strong comeback in the Test at Lord's. Without him, England lost the series 4-0.
India were 141 for six, needing 53 more runs to win, when paceman Stokes had Kohli lbw for 51 with just his third ball of the day. "If he takes time off, no quarrel at all". There were 14 days in between.
"If Virat Kohli is not the best batsman (in the world), he's very close to it".
Bayliss said the only problem he and England captain Joe Root faced in handling Curran, whose brother Tom has also played worldwide cricket, was preventing him getting frustrated when not directly involved in the action. I agree, they have practised for long hours in those days, but like I said, you can not get by with just practice.
Yesterday's play started with the match on a knife edge.
"They deluded themselves, and everybody, by saying they have been in England for a month". It's a very well known fact that the ball will swing in England the same way as Australia is known for its pacy wickets. "They didn't learn anything from the South Africa experience".
The man has always believed in giving it back to his opponents on field and this was no different.
"I don't know whether it rubs off wrongly on some other players because for that you have to know the dressing room and how people react". While Majority of the Indian batsmen failed to score big, Kohli was the only shining light in an otherwise shoddy display of batting from Indian players.
"So clearly you needed to have more practice".
Pope replaced Dawid Malan, the Middlesex left-hander dropped after a run of low scores.
For the next Test, Gavaskar suggested inclusion of an extra batsman in the playing XI.
"The series is set up nicely now", he said. "Then with a wicketkeeper and an allrounder like Ashwin, your batting depth increases. They cancelled a warm-up game in South Africa and were thrashed in the first two Tests", he said.
Kohli, meanwhile, must regroup in time for next week's second Test at Lord's - despite his personal heroics here.
"The one thing you wonder about Kohli is if he is going to become too dominant a figure in Indian cricket".
Root, the orchestrator of an outstanding collective which prevailed by 31 runs on the fourth morning at Edgbaston, rightly proclaimed a wonderfully absorbing contest as a "fabulous advert" for Test cricket. "The more you leave balls in Tests, the better for you, because the bowler tires".