The legendary sprinter, Yohan Blake was seen showering praises at the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli for his captaincy after the first Test between India and England. Although India suffered a loss of 227 runs, the Jamaican sprinter lauded Kohli for taking responsibility and not producing excuses for his team’s defeats.
Blake also praised some of India’s youngsters like Shubman Gill and Rishabh Pant in a video that he shared on Twitter, besides congratulating England for registering a win at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
In the video, Yohan Blake said, “What I really love about Team India is that Virat Kohli, he doesn’t find any excuses. That’s what I really love about Virat Kohli and his captaincy. He doesn’t find any excuses. He takes the blame for everything, he says ‘ok, the bowling was not as consistent, the batting wasn’t as consistent.'”
He further added, “He didn’t find any excuses for why they lose. He says ok, we have to go back to the drawing board and come back, and that’s what I love about Virat Kohli and his captaincy. Also, what else stood out for me – Shubman Gill. He’s a wonderful batsman. Of course, Rishabh Pant- excellent. Not every time he’s going to put on a show, but he’s excellent for the game of Test cricket.'”
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— Yohan Blake (@YohanBlake) February 9, 2021
The Jamaican sprinter also praised the English skipper, Joe Root, who marked his 100th Test with a fine double hundred. Blake was also full of praise for the English fast bowler, James Anderson, whose brilliant spell of reverse-swing in the fourth innings all but sealed the win for the visitors.
In his video, Yohan Blake said, “Wonderful Test, England and India and I must say, Joe Root – well played. To the England team – well played. Jimmy Anderson – incredible as usual. They say you get better with age, age is just a number and Jimmy keeps on showing that.”
England has taken a 1-0 lead in the four-match series with a dominating win in Chennai. They have also overtaken India in the World Test Championship, and are still in competition to reach the final at Lord’s. The second Test will also be played at the same venue, beginning on Saturday.