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BUMBLE ON THE TEST: Virat Kohli is feeling the pressure

BUMBLE ON THE TEST: Virat Kohli is feeling the pressure and was trying to influence the umpires with his manic appealing, while Joe Root should have declared as soon as England’s lead

  • Ajinkya Rahane led India brilliantly in Australia and Virat Kohli is feeling pressure
  • He called for two shocking reviews in the middle session on the fourth day
  • Time will tell if England were right to shun the declaration and bat on 

England need to take nine wickets on the final day to force victory over India in the first Test in Chennai.

Joe Root’s side were eventually bowled out for 178 in their second innings, leaving Virat Kohli’s men needing 420 to claim an unlikely victory.

After Jack Leach claimed the wicket of Rohit Sharma before the close of play, Sportsmail columnist DAVID LLOYD looks back at the talking points of day four… 

I reckon Virat Kohli is feeling the pressure after Ajinkya Rahane led India well in Australia

I’m seeing a lot of players with plasters on their hands in Test cricket and that goes for most teams. I’ve got no problem if someone has a cut finger but I think it’s being used as a catching aid. The keeper is the only one with gloves but it’s almost like they’ve all got them.

We need to talk about close catchers again. Ollie Pope hadn’t been in 20 minutes yesterday and two catches fell short of the fielders. The short leg has to be on the next pitch, not two pitches away. Take it from one who knows. Lads, you’re too deep!

It hasn’t gone unnoticed in India that Ajinkya Rahane led the side brilliantly in Australia and I reckon Virat Kohli is feeling the pressure. 

He was appealing manically on the fourth day and called for two shocking reviews in the middle session. The commentators said he was trying to lift his team. I reckon he was trying to influence the umpires….

Kohli was appealing manically and called for two shocking reviews in the middle session 

We saw it after India had spent 190 overs in the field and now we’ve seen it with England. Opening the batting is as tough as it gets after you’ve been fielding that long in searing heat. 

You have to be able to dust yourself down, smarten yourself up and switch on. Rory Burns has had no cricket since last summer. Out first ball. What do you expect?

I’m really enjoying the commentary of Mark Butcher, Nick Knight and Murali Kartik. They are the stars of the Star Sports coverage for me. 

I had a text from Butch in the Chennai sunshine yesterday when he asked how I was getting on with ‘the Beast from the East’. I told him I hadn’t seen Nasser for ages….

India’s pace bowlers got the ball reversing early in the England second innings and that will be a factor in this series, particularly with the second Test also in Chennai. 

Ishant Sharma was brilliant. It certainly brings Ben Stokes into the game as a bowler. Don’t just think about spin. Stokes, Jimmy Anderson and Jofra Archer could all get it reversing…

 

Only time will tell if Joe Root was right to shun the declaration and bat on in the evening

Sir Alastair Cook, as a recent captain, summed up the dilemma of the declaration terrifically well on Channel 4. 

England will know that people watching, pundits and media will be shouting ‘declare, declare, declare’ but they will do it their way. 

They are the ones who will face the consequences if they get it wrong and time will tell if they were right. If you’re asking me I would have pulled out once the lead got to 400…




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