India vs England: ‘Virat Kohli will not look back after his first 20 runs’

first_imgVirat Kohli had a forgettable tour of England in 2014, when he was troubled by the seamers, especially James Anderson. He had scored 134 runs from five Tests as India went to lose the series 1-3 despite taking the lead at Lord’s.Since then, Kohli has scored 15 Test hundreds including six double hundreds, the only man to have scored double hundreds in four successive Test series. As a captain too, Kohli has had a sensational run, winning 21 out of 35 Test.Four years on, India captain Virat Kohli will be leading Team India out for the first Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham from August 1, and former India coach Lalchand Rajput believes he is “matured now”READ – Virat Kohli says he’s not in a frame of mind to prove himself in any country”Virat is a very aggressive player, he wants to be in the forefront and wants to lead from the front. Everyone’s eyes will be on Virat, how will he perform, because last one was a disastrous tour for him,” Rajput told PTI.The two Captains – Joe Root and Virat Kohli pose with the silverware ahead of the five-match Test series.#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/kEWt4S3DneBCCI (@BCCI) July 31, 2018″He is four years matured now. He knows his game much better than earlier. I would go one step ahead — (James) Anderson and (Stuart) Broad are four-years older — what they were four years back, the same pace wouldn’t be there, but in England they will be handy too as they swing the ball well,” Rajput, who is now the interim head coach of Zimbabwe, said.advertisementREAD – Virat Kohli since England Tests of 2014: 15 hundreds, 3699 runs in 37 TestsRajput feels that Kohli will be itching to prove a point when he takes the field in white.”Virat has worked on his game a lot. He is in tremendous nick and I am sure he would like to start on a big one, first Test is very important, how he gets on. The first 20 runs will be very crucial for Virat, if he gets those 20 runs, then he will not look back.READ – Virat Kohli in with a chance to upstage Steve Smith as best Test batsman”Because he (Virat) wants to make a name for himself, because people are talking that he had a disastrous series, but that’s gone and dusted. This is a new series, he wants to prove himself. Last couple of years his conversion rate is terrific, he has got lot of 100s, he has won lot of matches and he would like to prove it in England,” said Rajput.Lalchand Rajput also had the answers to India’s selection dilemma, saying that India should go in with three medium pacers and two spinners.READ – Virat Kohli will show British public why he is the best: Ravi ShastriEngland won the one-day international series between the teams 2-1 and lost the Twenty20 competition by the same margin earlier this month.Earlier James Anderson conceded that it would be difficult for England to dominate a ‘much-improved’ Virat Kohli.READ – Virat Kohli has improved since 2014, says James AndersonAsked if Anderson could have a similar impact against Kohli when the two teams face off again, the pacer told Sky Sports: “Not really… it’s a long time ago, a lot of cricket has happened since then and he’s improved as a player in that time.”You can’t pay any attention to that at all… it’s not about what’s gone on in the past, that’s not going to help me get him out this week, it’s about what I do and what the team does in the next six weeks.”last_img