India vs England: Virat Kohli’s nightmare against the spin continues in England


Virat Kohli is without a doubt the best batsman in the world right now and one of the best spin bowling players in India. But his recent fights against spin bowling have raised questions ahead of India’s five-game test series against England starting August 1.

Kohli was sacked 8 times by spinners out of the 14 innings he played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) earlier this year.

His nightmare against the spin in England continued as he was dismissed by spinners in all three rounds of the ODI. Kohli was bamboozled twice by Adil Rashid and once became the victim of Moeen Ali.

In fact, Kohli’s hit-rate nose dipped against the Spinners over the course of the series. Kohli faced 75 balls and managed to score with a strike rate of 79 as he rose to 100 against the point guard. Kohli boasts of a career attacking rate of 92.12.

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Kohli’s struggles are not good signs for India aiming for its first Test Series victory in England since 2007.

Virat Kohli was dismissed by the spinners in all three rounds of the ODI (Photo Reuters)

On the previous Indian tour of England, Kohli had a disastrous outing where he was troubled by James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

At the time, he scored 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6 and 20 in all five tests and finished the streak with an average of 13.50.

In the 2014 Test series, besides Anderson and Broad, there was another man who troubled India’s batting team: spinner Moeen Ali. He took 19 wickets and had a major impact as England rebounded from their loss at Lord’s to win three games. This time around, he could be a major threat again given Kohli’s weakness against slower bowlers.


Kohli’s issues with the spin should be a cause for concern in the Indian camp.

During IPL 2018, Kohli’s woes against the spin took a toll on the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The finger spinners have obtained the wicket of Virat Kohli 5 times out of the 8 dismissals of this edition (Photo BCCI)

The 29-year-old has averaged just 24.75 against the Spinners in this edition while between 2013 and 2017 he only beat them 6 times in 72 innings, averaging over 170 with a typing rate of over 138.

“I haven’t seen Virat Kohli fight the spin so much or generally to start this season. The flow has been a bit lacking, whether it’s the lack of cricket before entering the tournament, I’m not sure. it’s not. been the same, “said Ajit Agarkar, one of ESPN Cricinfo’s experts.

Last year Kohli didn’t come out of the spinners in the 10 innings he played, but the story was completely different this year.

Finger spinners got their wicket 5 times out of the 8 layoffs in this edition. Former England off-wire Graeme Swann believes Kohli may have suffered from the lack of quality first-class and test-cricket leg spinners these days.

“I don’t really know why. Maybe it’s because few leg spinners have played first-class cricket or tests recently that have allowed batsmen to be exposed to googlies. It’s very strange that two of the best players in the world – Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers – both seem to have a hard time picking the googlies, “Graeme Swann said earlier this year.

The defeat marked the second season in a row when RCB failed to make it past the league stage. This season they finished with 8 losses in 14 games while last year they finished dead last with 10 losses in 14 games.

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Although Kohli struggled against the spin bowlers, but his overall form with the bat is superb otherwise. With scores of 20 *, 47, 43, 75, 45 and 71 (3 T20I and 3 ODI) against England, this suggests that the Indian captain came prepared this time and with a mission: to win the Test series in England. .

Kohli is likely to return and dominate the English spinners and race leaders. He is a class act and was in superb contact in South Africa before taking a short break. He returned to action during the IPL where he looked a little rusty at the start. In England he was far from his best but was still good enough to finish as the second highest scorer in the ODI series.

Even the best need to fix flaws sometimes and ironically the only flaw visible in Kohli’s armor at the moment is the spin – but there’s no reason he can’t fight to dominate the bowlers. slower again in August.

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