Graeme Swann has backed Virat Kohli despite his ongoing lean patch and has stated that Indian commentators are sometimes harsh on him for his dismissal. Swann also mentioned that the delivery from Ben Stokes which dismissed Kohli was unplayable and it would been tough for anyone to survive on it.
After three days of the one-off Test, India have found themselves in a great position. They have an upper hand in the contest so far as the visitors lead by 257 runs in the second innings with seven wickets in hand. Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja scored centuries for the team while Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah picked four and three wickets respectively. It has been a brilliant collective performance from the Indian team so far but Virat Kohli continues to be going through a rough patch.
Kohli was looking in good touch in the second innings but he was dismissed on 20 against a delivery shaping away from him bowled by Ben Stokes. The extra bounce from the delivery also troubled Kohli and he edged it to the wicketkeeper. Graeme Swann has backed Kohli saying Indian commentators go harsh on him sometimes. He also mentioned that the delivery was unplayable and anybody would have struggled to play it.
“Regardless, if you are looking to get on the front foot, back foot that ball is a ripsnorter. For an English point of view, I often find that whenever Indian commentators talk about Virat, I always think ‘wow they are quite harsh on him’. The standards are so high for Virat, I thought he was very at ease today,” Swann stated to Sony Sports.
“You can say what you want, I don’t care, who is batting in any period of Test history if you can survive that delivery you are very, very lucky. That is unplayable. It’s a lucky catch in the end,” Swann said.
Kohli had played well in the warm-up game against Leicestershire before the one-off Test and so was expected to be back amongst runs. However, he managed to score just 31 runs in the two innings of the rescheduled Test and has continued his lean patch.