Former England cricketer David Lloyd has shared his disappointment over Indian captain Virat Kohli for his constant questioning on umpires’ decisions. However, during Day 1 of the Headingley Test, Indian pace bowler Ishant Sharma has bowled two no-balls and one wide, after which Kohli was seen talking to the umpires.
Meanwhile, Team India had a worse start as they could manage only 78 runs in the first innings. Moreover, England openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed added an unbroken 120-run stand to make things worse as well on the first day of the third Test.
Writing in his column for The Daily Mail, Lloyd stated: “Virat Kohli is one of the great players, but I find it so disappointing that he constantly questions umpires’ decisions. Ishant Sharma overstepped twice in his first over, then bowled an off-side wide, which was correctly called by Alex Wharf. From first slip, Kohli was clearly unhappy, and made his feelings known.”
Lloyd further added: “At the end of the over, he took it up again. It’s just a wide! The umpires should have the power to penalize what in my book is dissent. It looked straightforward: win the toss, have a bat. The pitch is a belter, and all India’s problems have been in the air. The ball swung from the start, and Anderson wasn’t going to miss that opportunity. When it got to 50-odd for five, I wonder if India’s bowlers started to think that they should have been out there with the ball in their hands instead of England. But 78 all out? It was hard to fathom.”
On the other hand, Virat Kohli once again failed to score. He was dismissed for a mere 7 while playing a loose drive off James Anderson outside the off-stump as well. It’s been a long time that he has scored a century, even he has hardly scored fifties too. And, according to former Indian spinner Maninder Singh, he needs to practice of “keeping ego in the pocket” while playing in England.
Reminding Virat Kohli of his same cooments, Maninder told ESPN Cricinfo: “Before the Test match, Virat Kohli had said that in these English conditions you’ve got to keep your ego in your pocket. And I think that is absolutely right. If he tries to dominate, like Virat Kohli usually does, these are not the pitches where he can bat like that. He needs to spend some time there, like he did on the previous tour where he scored almost 600 runs. Once you know the pace and know how much the ball is seaming around, they you can carry on playing your shots. These are not flat Indian pitches, where you can just put your foot forward and start driving. And what Kohli preached, he will have to practice. Keep your ego in your pocket.”