Virat Kohli will be keen to better his record in England, says Harbhajan Singh

Virat Kohli scored 134 runs on his previous tour to England.

Virat Kohli had flop tour of England in 2014 | Source Getty

Indian's veteran off-spinner, Harbhajan Singh has come forward in supporting Virat Kohli, declaring the 29-year-old captain has changed a lot and will bounce back stronger despite failing on his previous tour to England in 2014. Harbhajan Singh feels that Indian skipper will definitely prove his worth when his team tours England for three T20Is, three ODIs and five Tests, starting July 3.

In 2014, Virat Kohli was only able to score 134 runs in five Test matches. He had a flop show on his previous tour to England with a batting average of 13.4.

"Last England tour was not good for Virat Kohli, but he has changed a lot and he will definitely score runs this time in England," Harbhajan told IndiaTV during the show 'Cricket Ki Baat'.

Virat Kohli was supposed to play in County championship and represent Surrey cricket to prepare for England's tour but unfortunately was replaced by Azhar Ali due to injury in his neck.

According to Harbhajan Singh, Virat Kohli not featuring in County cricket has come as a blessing in disguise as he will bounce back stronger in the upcoming series.

"County cricket is very hectic as you have to play four-day matches and subsequently a one-day match. Virat Kohli needed this rest because if he would have gone to play County then it would have become more hectic for him. We need him fresh as if he remains fresh then I am sure he will score a lot of runs there," Harbhajan Singh told.

Harbhajan Singh also feels the Indian bowling attack has performed very well in the past few series. Indian bowling unit will be missing out on Afghanistan Test with Mohammed Shami failing the fitness test. "We have very good spin options in our team. Whoever gets selected in the team needs to work on his line and wait for the fourth and fifth day to take advantage of the situation to pick up some wickets," Harbhajan Singh added.

He acknowledged that Indian skipper has played a pivotal role in grooming the other players like Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane will have an important role to play in their upcoming series against England.

"It doesn't matter how much rough England play on the ground, cricket is only about bat and bowl. You can't play it with foul words. 

"I have seen a lot of players who were not good with bat and ball but always loud-mouthed that made their career limited. If England show aggression there, then we have players who can stay calm in the aggressive situation. We have players who win us matches in every situation," he explained.

Here is the video of Harbhajan Singh's interview with India TV-

 


By Kunal Kataria - 12 Jun, 2018

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