Time for Virat Kohli to show he can score runs in England: Glenn McGrath

first_imgVirat Kohli endured a horrific series the last time India toured England in 2014. In ten innings the Indian captain could only manage 134 runs at a disappointing average of 13.50 as he was continuously troubled by the English swing bowlers.However, since then Kohli has transformed himself into a force which has become the bowlers’ nightmare. In 37 Tests since the disastrous 2014 tour, Kohli has played 37 Tests and scored 15 centuries, including six double hundreds. During this period, Kohli has amassed 3699 runs at an incredible average of 64.89 and has also scored 7 fifties.And former Australian great Glenn McGrath said it’s time for Kohli to score runs in England as India aim to win their first series in England since 2007.”For Virat, he has done everywhere else, but in England… He is a quality player without a doubt, a class act, has got all the shots. He is quite aggressive and not a timid player. It is time he shows that he can score runs in English conditions too,” McGrath said.”It is a little bit tougher with the ball moving around. Australia used to be quick, bouncy whereas in England it is seam movement. If he can adapt and adjust to the conditions, he can score. When he is playing well he is as good as anyone going around.”Virat Kohli since England Tests of 2014: 15 hundreds, 3699 runs in 37 TestsIn 2014, English bowlers exploited Kohli’s weakness of chasing deliveries outside off stump as he was caught behind stumps 6 out of 10 innings. The Indian batsman was seen helpless against the swing bowling of James Anderson as the pacer dismissed him four times in 10 innings.advertisementMcGrath feels how Indian batsmen will have to “get on top” of the swing and seam of the seasoned Anderson to brighten India’s chances in the series.”Anderson is going to be a big player. It is how the Indian batsmen face his swing and bowling in English conditions. If they can get on top of Anderson, that is going to make a big difference for them. I think for them he is definitely going to be the key,” McGrath said.The Australian, who is director of coaching at MRF Pace Foundation, said though the Indian bowlers have been doing well in recent times, batting remains their strength.”It is going to be interesting. I think India started really well in England, obviously it is in the ODIs and T20s. The batting line-up has always been their strength. Just heard about injuries to (Jasprit) Bumrah and Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar). So it will be interesting to see their bowling line-up, to see who comes in and takes the load.England 2104 to England 2018: India make big strides in Test cricket”In recent times they have been bowling really well. Injuries do happen, it is going to make it a little tougher. But their strength is their batting,” he added.He said though the spinners have done well for India and would have a role to play in England, the fast bowlers would be crucial.”Spinners have done well for India. Shane Warne loved bowling there. He always said if it seamed, it will turn. In English conditions it does seam a bit and Warne has had success there. India is going to need their bowlers, their spinners firing if they have to win the series.”McGrath said not having Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Bumrah weakens India’s bowling attack.”Having two spinners in the line-up, if that is going to be the best bowling attack it is fine. I am interested to see who are bowlers that they have. (Umesh) Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami, who’s your backup quicks going in.”With Bhuvi and Bumrah out, it creates a bit of a hole. The first Test is going to be pretty important.”India vs England: Will India’s top-order overcome old issues in Test series?McGrath spoke about the difference Ishant Sharma’s experience could make.”He (Ishant) has got a lot of experience. And, that sort of makes a big difference when you know how to get wickets. He is not probably bowling as quick as when he first started. Have to see if he has the same wicket-taking potential as what he had when he first started. Yadav has got a bit of pace. They need him for the whole series.”… Obviously spinners are always pretty handy. But medium-pacers and quick bowlers in England, if you bowl well, with the Duke ball and in those conditions, it is going to be…” he added.last_img read more