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England not afraid of ‘imposing batsman’ Virat Kohli, says opener Jason Roy

Virat Kohli is an outstanding cricketer but the England cricket team is not afraid of him, Jason Roy said at the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture on Tuesday.

cricket Updated: Aug 07, 2018 16:43 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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India's team captain Virat Kohli waits to go int the nets during a training session at Lord's Cricket ground in London.(AP)

The form of Virat Kohli was a major issue of debate among fans and experts alike ahead of the Test series between India and England. Kohli had a horrible outing during the 2014 Test series in England and almost everyone was curious about how the India skipper will cope with the conditions this time.

However, Kohli proved all of his critics wrong by slamming an impressive 149 in the first innings as the England bowlers struggled to dismiss him. At the end of the day, it was not enough as India were beaten by 31 runs at Edgbaston but Virat Kohli’s innings was a huge bonus for the visiting side.

The prospect of facing a top batsman like Virat Kohli can be a bit frightening for any side, but Jason Roy made it clear that England are ready to outwit the top-ranked Test batsman in the ongoing series.

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The opener was part of a group discussion which also included International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson and former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar at the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture.

When former Hampshire cricketer Mark Nicholas asked Roy about whether England were afraid of Virat Kohli in the ongoing Test series, Roy immediately answered, “Not scared of him, no.”

“He’s obviously a great player, and rightly so, you’ve given him such kind words,” said the England opener. “He’s an extremely good athlete, an imposing batsman, an imposing figure on the field. We’ve got to find ways of dismantling him somehow, so we can’t give him too much praise right here.”

India will take on England in the second Test of their five-game series at Lord’s on Thursday and a lot will depend of Virat Kohli’s form once again. He was the only top-order batsman to fire for India at Edgbaston and the onus will be on the likes of Ajinkya Rahane and KL Rahul to make their presence felt.

First Published: Aug 07, 2018 16:42 IST