Have to keep Virat Kohli quiet if we want to win this series: Joe Root

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India skipper Virat Kohli is going through lean patch at the moment and he is getting dismissed in the same fashion in the ongoing test series against England where he is nicking the ball outside off stump and watching his batting fans have started predicted that demons of 2014 is back where Kohli failed with the willow and Anderson got him out on several occasion.

Virat Kohli

The current series where the batting maestro had no answer to swing ball deliveries from Anderson and Robinson who have clinched his wickets on two occasions each has exposed his batting fragilities outside off stump but a player of his stature having more than 90 Test match experience is expected to bounce back in the upcoming Test series which is scheduled in Oval on 2nd September 2021.

His counterpart Joe Root who is having a purple patch with the bat and have already scored three centuries against India in three Test matches stated that if we have to win the current series against India which is perfectly poised at 1-1 and two matches still remains to be played we need to take Kohli’s wicket early which we have done quite well in three Test matches we have played till now our bowlers needs to replicate the same performance against Indian batting legend.

“The credit needs to go to our bowling attack, Virat is a world-class player hence the credit needs to be given to the bowling group. We have been able to keep him quiet, it is an extremely good effort from our bowling group and it is something we have to continue if we have to win this series. We have found ways to get him out, he is a fine player and has done tremendous things in Test cricket, we will have to look at ways to get the best players out,” said Root in a virtual press conference.

He also concluded by stating that we expected India to bounce back in the fourth Test so we don’t have to take them lightly after Headingley’s victory and keep doing what we have done in the recently concluded 3rd test.

“Absolutely world-class side like India led by Virat Kohli, I expect nothing less than a response. We would be naïve to think otherwise, it is important that we do not get deluded. We have gotten to the level playing field, we have to work harder now. If we find ourselves ahead of the game at any stage, we have to consolidate,” he added.


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