Former Indian fast bowler, India pacer Ajit Agarkar asserted that the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli got out on a few good deliveries in the first two Tests against England and there is nothing to worry about as he is a modern-day great. However, Kohli’s recent dismissals have been a cause of worry for the fans. The first Test ended in a draw but India came back strong and won the second Test by 151 runs at the Lord’s Cricket Ground. Both sides will now play in the third Test, beginning Wednesday at Headingley, Leeds.
As per the quotes in ANI, during a recent media interaction, Ajit Agarkar said, “Virat Kohli got runs against England in the 2018 series with all their bowlers available. He got a great ball from James Anderson in the first Test, fought hard for his 40-odd in the second Test. You bowl an outswinger to batsmen in the corridor, they will knick the ball. These are conditions where the ball does swing and seam around.”
He further added, “I am sure Kohli will like to get runs and all fans would like him to get big runs. The guy has got enough runs in international cricket, and maybe when you do not get runs you are eager to get into the series. That might have happened. Let’s wait and see, but in three innings you do not want to write someone off who has been a modern-day great.”
When asked about the pacer Mohammed Siraj, Ajit Agarkar asserted that Siraj has delivered more often than not when Virat has thrown the ball to him.
Talking about whether Cheteshwar Pujara should be persisted within the series, Agarkar said: “I think it was an important partnership between Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane in the second innings of the second Test. I think anytime you do not get runs there will be pressure. Even if Pujara had not gotten 45 in the second innings, I hope they would have persisted with him for another Test. If you have started with experienced guys, you have to give them three Tests at least.”