The Indian Cricket team is all set to play the World Test Championship Final and a four-month-long England tour. This is the maiden WTC final, it is very exciting to see who will lift the title. Former Indian Captain Kapil Dev in a recent interview expressed his views on the upcoming England Tour and also gave a piece of advice to skipper Virat Kohli.
During the 2014 India tour of England, Virat Kohli was at a low in his career. He struggled and was merely able to score 135 runs in just 10 innings. But in 2018 the scenario was completely different, while leading the side and became the leading run scorer from India. He by then established his reputation as the world’s premier batter across formats, went on to accumulate 593 runs from five Tests.
Captain Kohli is all set for his third Test tour of the country with India set to plat six matches starting with the final of the ICC World Test Championship in Southampton next month. Hopefully, history will be created by winning the series in England, it was last under Rahul Dravid’s captaincy when India won a Test series in England.
Kapil Dev on skipper Kohli:
India legend Kapil Dev is confident Kohli will continue to pile on the runs despite his century drought but has cautioned the skipper against over-aggression. In a recent interview, the cricket veteran expressed his views on the upcoming tour and gave a piece of advice to skipper Kohli. This is what he said –
“I expect him to excel, Can you really shackle him? He is a natural when it comes to adapting but I would caution him to not be over-aggressive. He will have to measure it session by session. He’ll be better off waiting for his moments of dominance.”
More than personal milestones, Kohli will be focused on leading his team to series victory. The 62-year-old has said it won’t be an easy task for the touring party to get the better of England as they are quite good in their own conditions.
“I want this team to remember that England in England is tough. They are a very good team when playing at home but then, it will also depend on how the Indian bowlers adapt to the conditions and pitches. The swing will be very rewarding and here I feel England is one step ahead of India.”
Before 2007, it was in 1986 under the captaincy of Kapil that India had registered a series win in England. Last time, India were beaten 4-1 in a five-match series. Kapil also shared his views on Captain Kohli’s performance-
“He will get his runs with a bit of patience. Trying too hard and too early doesn’t work in England where you need to watch the movement of the ball. If you play seam and swing well, show patience, you will succeed in England.”
The Indian squad has already started the quarantine as advised by the BCCI and is training hard for the same. The team will fly to England on the 2nd of June and will play the WTC final on the 18th of June against New Zealand followed by a four-month-long England tour.