Former Indian opener turned renowned commentator Aakash Chopra has shared that he expects Indian captain Virat Kohli to do well with the bat in the second innings. Kohli, however, was dismissed for a first-ball duck by the veteran speedster James Anderson in the first innings of the Nottingham Test as well.
Notably, he hasn’t scored an international century since November 2019. Moreover, he has been going through a rough patch as well. However, Aakash Chopra feels that Virat Kohli has an important role to play in India’s chase and he expects him to play a good inning.
In a recent video on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chorpa explained: “Virat Kohli is a world-class player. He scored a first-ball duck in the first innings but he would want to score runs when the noise is more. Expecting crucial runs from him in the second innings.”
The veteran also feels that England will mainly use their experienced trio of James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Ollie Robinson. He also added that Sam Curran will get small help from the pitch as it has become batting-friendly now. However, he also stated that the first hour of play will be very crucial. And, he said that if India manages to survive this period unscathed or lose just one or two wickets, then they have a chance to win the game also.
Notably, India still need 157 runs to win and they still have nine wickets in hand. And, it is going to be interesting how they perform with the bat.
“Sam Curran won’t be effective on this pitch. Whenever he gets to bowl, he will not find assistance from the pitch as it has flattened out. If India loses one or a maximum of two wickets in the first 17-18 overs, the game will be done. But if they lose 4-5 wickets, the game will be done against India,” Aakash Chopra concluded.