Former England skipper Nasser Hussain believes Joe Root and his team can do very little to ‘bully’ Virat Kohli’s India going ahead in the five-match Test series. Team India registered a memorable Test win at Lord’s which saw several heated arguments among the players from both sides.
Nasser Hussain’s comments came in the wake of England coach Chris Silverwood’s admission to fight fire with fire. Silverwood mentioned England will try to hit back hard at India in the remaining three Tests.
However, Hussain feels it’s highly unlikely that England will be able to get under the skin of Virat Kohli’s team.
“Nothing England can do will bully them now even if Chris Silverwood has said he will fight Indian fire with fire for the rest of this series,” Hussain wrote in his column for Daily Mail.
“This India are not a side who will be bullied, as perhaps previous generations have been. They wouldn’t allow themselves to be bullied by Aussie players or crowds — when Tim Paine said, “Wait until we get you to the Gabba”, it just spurred them on.”
“That comment from Paine was aimed at a player who hasn’t featured against England, Ravi Ashwin, but he is another who will be as feisty as they come if he plays in the third Test at Headingley on Wednesday. All their players have great self-belief,” Hussain said citing the example of India’s magnificent series victory against all odds earlier this year in Australia.
Team India was under the pump coming into the final day of the Lord’s Test. England welcomed Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami with a barrage of bouncers but couldn’t intimidate them and, as a result, ended up leaking too many runs.
With runs behind them, Indian pacers came out with all guns blazing and dismissed England for 120 in 51.5 overs to win the Test by 151 runs. India are 1-0 up in the five-match Test series, with the third Test is scheduled to begin from August 25 in Leeds.