Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has predicted that Indian skipper Virat Kohli. will hit a couple of centuries in the Test series against England. He was dismissed for 11 in his very first innings of 2021. While, his counterparts, Kane Williamson, Steve Smith, and Joe Root notched up three figures scored in their first Test innings in 2021.
India was bowled out for 337 in their first innings after counter-attacking knocks from Rishabh Pant (91) and Washington Sundar (85*). England lost a wicket in the very first ball in their second innings off Ravichandran Ashwin, who became the first new-ball spinner to take a wicket off the first ball of the innings.
Virat Kohli will get 1-2 centuries – Michael Vaughan
Speaking to Cricbuzz Live, the former England skipper said that Virat Kohli will score at least a couple of hundreds in the series despite getting out cheaply in the first innings of the first Test at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
“I won’t be too concerned and I’m sure he isn’t concerned. Throughout the series, he will get 1-2 hundreds. I have no question about that,” Vaughan said in a video on Cricbuzz.
“The manner of his dismissal today was weak for Virat Kohli. He defended the ball outside the off-stump with an angled bat facing towards wide extra cover. There is nothing in that shot. Vaughan added.
The England skipper further said that Virat Kohli was trying to play himself in knowing the conditions in Chennai. He said that he expected Kohli to dance down the track to Bess and take him on, however that did not happen.
“I would have expected Kohli to dance down early to Bess. ‘I’m Virat Kohli, I know how to play in these conditions, against a young off-spinner and I’m going to put you under pressure. I was surprised that he just let him bowl. He was hoping for bad balls and hoped he may get one or two” Vaughan said.
India started their day on 257/6 and went onto add another 80 runs to their overnight score. Ravichandran Ashwin (31) added an 80-run stand with Washington Sundar (85*) before Jack Leach got rid of him. Leach dismissed Shahbaz Nadeem as James Anderson took two wickets to clean up the Indian innings.