Oval Test: What's wrong with Virat Kohli?
Nasser Hussain and Sourav Ganguly analyse some of batsman's problems after his ninth straight failure yesterday against England on the first day of the Oval Test
London: On the eve of the fifth Test at the Oval, skipper MS Dhoni claimed that India had studied their debacle in the previous game at Old Trafford and he was confident his side would not commit the same mistakes.
A disappointed Virat Kohli walks back after being dismissed in the Southampton Test. Pic/AFP
But, given what followed yesterday after the visitors were put in to bat, it was evident that the team had learnt nothing from their previous thrashings. The top-order folded in a heap, and at one stage they had lost six wickets for only 44 runs.
There was no end to Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara's nightmare and little could be said about Gautam Gambhir and Stuart Binny.
Former England skipper Nasser Hussain is convinced Kohli's problems are only increasing after his ninth straight failure.
"He is not only struggling with his technique, his failure is also affecting him mentally," Hussain observed. Hussain was surprised at the ease with which the Indian batsmen were getting out.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly couldn't fathom why Kohli is not using his feet. "I don't understand why Virat is not trying to come out of the crease. He is not attempting to play on the front foot. The English bowlers are attacking him on the fifth wicket and he is giving in to their plans," said Ganguly.
Warne slams India
Australian spin legend Shane Warne said: "The ball is jumping, but the track here is not as fast as Manchester. Even then they couldn't handle Anderson and Broad in the morning. They are so afraid that they are not coming out of the crease."
West Indies great Michael Holding felt, India can survive this game only if the skies open up on the remaining days. Else England will win by the fourth day itself.