IND vs ENG: Not a fan of Virat Kohli’s captaincy as tactician, writes Nasser Hussain

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Former England cricket Nasser Hussain, who led his nation in 45 Exams, felt Virat Kohli has been off-colour because the captain of India within the ongoing India-England collection after the hosts discovered themselves on the again foot forward of the ultimate day motion of the opening Check in Chennai.

On the finish of fourth day’s play, India had been 39 for one at stumps on the MA Chidambaram Stadium after England set them a goal of 420 runs to win. India, who misplaced the wicket of Rohit Sharma early, want an additional 381 runs whereas guests England want 9 wickets.

Hussain, who defended Joe Root‘s decision-making within the ongoing Check, felt Kohli has not been as aggressive as he was since Ajinkya Rahane succeeded as makeshift skipper in 2-1 collection triumph in Australia.

“It’s India skipper Kohli who has been caught between two stools,” the 58-year-old retired cricketer wrote in his column for Every day Mail. “After Ajinkya Rahane did so properly deputising in Australia, he has maybe been a bit reluctant to be as a lot in-your-face as prior to now. Perhaps it was at the back of his thoughts to be a bit extra smiley and permit his group freedom of expression.”

Hussain additional careworn that the Indian skipper ought to stick with his aggression as that is his power and identified that glimpses of outdated Kohli was seen in patches throughout the match.

“It was noticeable, although, when Rory Burns was out to the primary ball of England’s second innings that the outdated, animated Kohli was again. That to me is his power as a captain — his drive, his ardour and his aggression,” he mentioned.

Hussain added he was by no means a fan of Kohli as a tactician.

“I’m not an enormous fan of him as a tactician, as a result of he tends to comply with the ball and be a bit behind play at occasions, quite than dictating it.”

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