Virat Kohli: ‘There have been soft dismissals…’: Nasser Hussain criticizes India’s batting without Virat Kohli | Cricket News

Feb 8, 2024

New Delhi: Former England captain Nasir Hussain expressed concern about India's batting performance In the absence of star batsman Virat Kohli During the first two Test matches against England at home, he said that the team lacked toughness with the bat.
India, who have leveled the five-match series 1-1, are without Virat Kohli for the first two Tests due to personal reasons.
According to a report by ESPNcricinfo, Kohli will not be able to play in the upcoming third and fourth matches. test match Doubts remain over his availability for the final matches in Rajkot and Ranchi, Dharamshala. Speaking to Sky Sports, Hussain highlighted the importance of Kohli's aggression and tenacious attitude in India's batting lineup, saying, “He is an aggressive cricketer. He is a One-on-one cricketers, but really, I think with the bat, in three out of four innings, India haven't been as ruthless as they wanted to be.”
Hussain pointed out that India faced difficulties in converting good starts into big scores, and stressed on easy dismissals. The team has been weakened. He underlined Kohli's relentless pursuit of runs and winning games, highlighting the absence of such ruthlessness in India's batting lineup.

“There have been some easy dismissals in the Indian batting lineup, and that has left them vulnerable at times. One thing about Kohli's batting is brutal. He doesn't get out easily. He is motivated by scoring runs and winning games. So , He will be missed. Any team will miss the class of Virat Kohli,” he said.
While the individual performances of the players were appreciated KL Rahul, Shubman GillAnd Yashasvi JaiswalHussain, who scored a double century in the series, stressed the importance of converting starts into big scores and reiterated the sentiment that “in 30s and 40s you can't win Test matches.”
Reflecting on England's poor batting condition in the second Test, Hussain stressed the need for the team to improve its issues with converting starts into big scores. He stressed the importance of learning from India's performance, especially the ability to capitalize on strong starts with big innings.
As the third Test between the two sides approaches, which is scheduled to begin in Rajkot from February 15, Hussain's comments come as India's batting unit looks to fill the void left by Kohli's absence and seize the opportunities to clinch a decisive win. Underlines the importance of.

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(With inputs from ANI)

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