ENG v IND 2018: Jason Roy reveals what makes Virat Kohli such a special batsman

Virat was the lone warrior in the first Test despite a poor past record in England.

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Virat Kohli had a pretty ordinary average coming into England and one thing which everyone was eager to know was how he will cope up with his failures in the previous tour of England in 2014.

Indian skipper, Virat Kohli had everyone's eyes on him and he didn't disappoint anyone. He not only battled against James Anderson and despite being lucky, Virat survived the relentless spell and didn't give away his wicket.

In the two innings, Kohli scored 149 and 51 but couldn't save his team from a 31-run loss at Edgbaston. 

Virat was lauded for his innings and for the fact that he managed to keep himself motivated enough to face the English bowlers in tough conditions with courage like no other batsman did.

England batsman Jason Roy also spoke about Virat's courage at the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture. Roy said, “His self-confidence doesn’t dip, it takes a lot for that to take a beating. That makes him special. The other thing is his fitness. I think he’s the fittest, greatest batsman."

However, he was quick to deny that England was afraid of him. “Not scared of him, no. He’s obviously a great player, and rightly so, you’ve given him such kind words. He’s an extremely good athlete, an imposing batsman, an imposing figure on the field. We’ve got to find ways of dismantling him somehow, so we can’t give him too much praise right here,” he added.

(With Inputs from Indian Express)


By Sihyeu Singh - 07 Aug, 2018

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