ENGvsIND: Virat’s aggressive nature is troubling India against England, says Irfan Pathan

ENGvsIND: Ever Since the England vs India test series kicked off, there has been a lot of talks revolving around Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s form in the longest format of cricket. A lot of questions are raised pointing out his techniques to play or leave a delivery outside off stump. Amidst all this, former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan hits out on the cricketer and said Virat’s aggressive nature is causing trouble for him and India.

Khan said that there have been no issues on his technical aspect of the game, however, his natural aggressive instinct is a reason behind the lack of runs.

Virat has had a poor run in the ongoing test series so far. The cricketer has only managed to score 124 runs in five innings which includes a single half-century. 

“I feel more than the preparation, Virat Kohli looking to dominate is forcing him to play deliveries outside off-stump. It is just that small thing. More than technical, Virat Kohli’s aggressive thinking is causing him problems,” Pathan told Chopra during an interaction.

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ENGvsIND: Virat’s aggressive nature is troubling India against England, says Irfan Pathan

An analysis of Virat’s dismissal shows a similar pattern where the opposition bowling attack constantly tries to use the off-stump and outside off stump line to force Virat to put some bat on the ball which eventually takes a thick edge and carries to the wicketkeeper and the slip cordon.

Anjum Chopra, former Indian women cricket, also featured in the video, shared her views on Virat Kohli’s struggle run in the English conditions.

“He also knows that he has to score runs. But the thing about error-free batting, that he will make a statement is putting more weight on his shoulders and maybe not allowing him to move freely. I feel he needs to bring his standard slightly lower than the error-free batting he is trying to do,” Anjum said.

It will be interesting to see if Virat makes a few amendments to his batting when he comes on for the fourth test match at Oval. A few glimpses of him returning back to his form were seen in the second innings of the Headingley test match where he scored a fifty but failed to convert it to three figures.

As of now after three test matches, India vs England test series is levelled at 1-1. The fourth test match will begin on 2nd September at Kennington Oval.

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