The intense five-match Test series between India and England is taking place at the moment with the third one played at Leeds and India is already 1-0 up in the series with an empathic victory of 151 runs at Lords and Kohli and Company would be looking to win Test match series in England since 2007 which they last won under the leadership of Rahul Dravid.
Naseer Hussain praised Kohli and Company for showing aggression at Lords in response to a verbal argument between Anderson and Bumrah on the last session of the third day and When England came out to bat to chase 272 runs, India made a life of English batter hell out there not only with their bowling but also verbally giving Englishmen the taste of their medicine.
Hussain further stated that this current Indian team under Virat Kohli’s leadership will never silently get bullied like the teams in the past they will retaliate in the same language which didn’t do down well with former India legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar who said that we have defeated English team on their own backyard and that English team was quite strong than the one who is playing at the moment.
“Virat Kohli is the right man at the right time to lead this formidable India side. His players, in particular the bowlers, want an aggressive captain. They want Kohli stirring things up, as he did so effectively in that brilliant second Test at Lord’s… This India is not a side who will be bullied, as perhaps previous generations have been.”
“You said this India will not be bullied as perhaps the previous generations would be. (Me) Belonging to the previous generation, could you perhaps enlighten which generation? And what is the exact meaning of bully?”
“But when you say previous generations were bullied, I don’t think so. I’d be very upset if my generation was being talked about as being bullied. If you have a look at the record, in 1971 we won, that was my first tour in England. 1974, we had internal problems so we lost 3-0. 1979, we lost 1-0, it could have been 1-1 if we chased down 438 at the Oval. 1982 we again lost 1-0.
In 1986 we won 2-0, we could have won it 3-0. So, I don’t think my generation we were bullied. I don’t think aggression means you have always got to be at the face of the opposition. You can show passion, you can show your commitment towards your team without yelling after each fall of a wicket.” Gavaskar concluded.