Hussain questions Kohli's captaincy in Edgbaston Test

BIRMINGHAM: Former England captain Nasser Hussain said India skipper Virat Kohli was out of the ordinary with the bat in the first Test however puzzled his captaincy, pronouncing "he should too take some responsibility" for the 31-run loss.

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"Kohli was phenomenal in this game. He deserved to be on the winning side for the way he played with the tail. He single-handedly brought India back into the Test match. I do think he should take some of the responsibility for the loss, though," Hussain instructed Sky Sports.

"England were 87/7 with Curran and Adil Rashid at the crease and for some reason Ravichandran Ashwin went out of the game for an hour. India lost control then - he needs to look back on his captaincy and say 'when I've got a bloke who averages 19 against left-handers and a 20-year-old left-hander on strike, why did I take him off?'" Hussain requested.

Kohli waged a lone struggle through scoring 149 and 51 in the recreation as the other batsmen let the crew down.

Talking in regards to the spell binding struggle over four days, Hussain said the game was a really perfect advert for Test cricket.

"The pitch has so much to do with that - it wasn't a flat belter - and so have the players. The usual of bowling and captaincy (has been great). I think Joe Root has been exceptional in this recreation.

"A large number of instances at the moment we see one aspect get ahead in Test suits and collection after which the other does not seem able to combating back. This match has switched one way after which the other."

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The use of the Dukes ball additionally added to the joy, felt Hussain.


"The template for Test cricket has been set and I don't see why the ICC can not simply use the Dukes ball around the world. It produces thrilling cricket, so why don't the ICC pass down that highway?"


He was all reward for rookier England all-rounder Sam Curran, who starred with each bat and ball in simplest his 2d Test.


"He has gained England this recreation. India would possibly say Kohli got 200 runs however who turned this recreation around? A 20-year-old. It's a gorgeous achievement. He changed the direction of 2 innings. He came on with India 50-Zero and pitched it up, swung it and got four for not anything and he then went in with England 87/7.


"After his first game, you thought he was maybe a bits-and-pieces cricketer and wondered whether he was quick enough, could move it enough and if he was a proper batsman. I always used to say 'pick someone on their character more than what they are showing in county cricket'. He has character in abundance," Hussain said.
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