Virat Kohli will show British public why he is the best: Ravi Shastri

Virat Kohli will show British public why he is the best: Ravi Shastri

first_imgCoach Ravi Shastri has said India captain Virat Kohli was ready to show the British public he is the “best player in the world” come August 1.Kohli had a nightmarish 2014 tour of England scoring 134 runs from five matches but is currently regarded as the best batsman in the world across formats. Back then, he scored 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6 and 20 in 10 innings and finished the series with an average of 13.50.However, since that dismal England tour, Kohli has played 37 Tests and scored 15 centuries, including six double hundreds. He, in fact, is the only captain to record six double centuries in Test cricket. He has amassed 3699 runs at an incredible average of 64.89 and has also scored 7 fifties.”Look at his record. I don’t have to spell out what he has done in the last four years. When you perform in that fashion, you are mentally at a different level as well. You are waiting for whatever test comes your way. Yes, he might have had an ordinary series when he came here four years ago. But four years down the line he is the best player in the world. And he would like to get out there and show the British public why he is the best player in the world,” Shastri told ESPNCricinfo.Virat Kohli since England Tests of 2014: 15 hundreds, 3699 runs in 37 TestsKohli is once again gearing up for a gruelling five-match series in England starting August 1 at Edgbaston. And all the eyes will be on him to do wonders as India look to win a Test series in England for the first time since 2007 when Rahul Dravid-led side beat England 1-0 in a three-match contest.advertisementKohli warmed up for the Test series with a half-century during India’s one-off practice match against Essex last week.Also read – Extra-motivated Kohli could prove to be dangerous for England: Graham GoochHowever, the India skipper was dismissed chasing a delivery outside the off stump line, something that troubled him throughout his campaign in England four years ago.Kohli was largely troubled on the off stump line and was caught behind the stumps on six occasions (once by keeper and five times in the slip cordon).India vs England: Buttler wants to learn from ‘immensely talented’ KohliAnderson made Kohli his bunny while other pacers bowled probing lines and did not let him bat freely. Stuart Broad and Chris Jordan dismissed Kohli twice while Liam Plunkett got him once in that series.”That happens. Probably in a Test match, his focus would be three times more. He would have been a lot more disappointed if he had got out in that fashion in a Test match because he had hardly put a foot wrong. In that entire innings when the ball was doing quite a bit, he was beaten just three times. I would rather have him get out here than get out in a Test match in a similar fashion,” Shastri said.Ravi Shastri promises surprises from India’s ‘flexible’ batting line-upWhile England remains the only place where Kohli has not scored enough Test runs, several experts believe he can turn things around this time. And why not! After all, Virat Kohli has proven his credentials in tough conditions in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.last_img

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