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Graham Thorpe Feels They Need To Bowl At Their Best Against Kohli
By CricShots - Jan 29, 2021 8:13 pm
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England’s batting coach, Graham Thorpe reckons that they need to bowl their best balls repeatedly in order to get rid of the Indian batting line-up led by their peerless skipper Virat Kohli. Since his horrendous show in an away series in England in 2014, Kohli has demolished the England attack both at home (2016) and away (2018) although the Indian team had contrasting results in both series.

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Virat Kohli performed well against England

Asked if the bowling unit led by James Anderson has any specific plans for the Indian skipper, Graham Thorpe said, “We know that he is a fantastic player and he has shown that for many years now. The key for our bowling attack will be to bowl our ”best ball” as often as we can. I don’t think we can ask for anything more from our spinners and seamers. We need to have run on the board and then having the Indian batting order under pressure will really be the key for us.”

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The Indian bowling is no longer just about spinners weaving magic on rank turners, and Thorpe said that they are well aware of the completeness of the home team attack is. He also acknowledges the challenge posed by both Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin, but he said that the balance needs to be created.

Graham Thorpe
Graham Thorpe

Explaining the same, the English batting coach said, “Indian bowling has developed into a very good attack and we are very aware of that. When you come to the sub-continent you will have to deal with spin. More so with the Indian attack, we are aware. The training time (three days) will be used to strike a fine balance practicing both.”

For Thorpe, there couldn’t have been a bigger challenge than facing the high-spirited Indian team that has just beaten Australia in Australia.

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Graham Thorpe said, “India at home is a real challenge. They’re playing very good cricket and have been very strong at home. They’ve been coming back off a win in Australia as well, so for us, it presents a real challenge. Let’s say that’s sort of where you want to be as a player.”

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