Former England captain Nasser Hussain has applauded Virat Kohli’s captaincy on the final day of the fourth Test at The Oval. Kohli has once again shown his brilliant leadership skill on the final day to bowl out England and secure a 2-1 lead in the ongoing five-match Test series as well.
Nasser Hussain also stated that Kohli passed his captaincy test with flying colours as all they might have lost or the Test would have been drawn on the final day too. But, he used his bowlers brilliantly and they claimed all 10 wickets, especially when they failed to take a single one at the end of Day 4.
While writing in his column for the Daily Mail, Hussain labelled the fixture as “Kohli’s Midas Test”: “Every bowling change worked, and so did every tweak to the field. And when he took the second new ball after tea, it produced a wicket straightaway, with Umesh Yadav getting Craig Overton. One way or another, this was Kohli’s Midas Test – everything he touched turned to gold, and India are now one game away from a famous series victory, not long after beating Australia in their own backyard.”
Nasser Hussain Impressed By Virat Kohli’s Captaincy At The Oval
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli became the first skipper to lead India to three Test wins in England as well. He also opened up on the difference between the two skippers and their plans of using their spinners.
He added: “Kohli also used Jadeja cleverly – in a way that Root failed to do with Moeen Ali on the fourth day. By keeping his spinner on at one end, India’s captain could rotate the quicks at the other, using them in short, sharp bursts and keeping them fresh. By ignoring Moeen, Root ended up bowling his seamers into the ground, with possible consequences for the fifth Test at Old Trafford.”
“Jadeja performed another important function too, aside from the important wickets of Haseeb Hameed and Moeen. He was landing it in the rough outside the right-hander’s leg stump, which created the conditions for reverse-swing, because it allowed them to keep one side rough and the other side smooth,” Nasser Hussain concluded.