The former cricket player turned commentator expressed further regret that fans would likely not get to see the legendary match between James Anderson and Virat Kohli again.
After the star batsman withdrew from the first two Tests against England for personal reasons, the whole country is waiting impatiently for him to rejoin the Indian team. But according to a number of reports, the former captain of India is unlikely to play again for the rest of the series, which may be a serious setback for India.
Nasser Hussain, a former captain of England, commented on the circumstances and said that since Virat Kohli has participated in international cricket for more than 15 years, the sport needs to take care of him.
“Leave it all to start. The game also has to take care of Virat Kohli. We sincerely wish Virat Kohli the very best if he takes a break to spend time with his family or take some time away from the game. He has been playing international cricket for almost 15 years. If that means that we won’t get to witness the tantalizing prospect of an Anderson vs. Kohli match as we have in the past, then so be it. But Hussain, his family, and his private life must come first, according to a Sky Sports quote.
Hussain went on to discuss India’s batting performance in the absence of Virat Kohli and emphasize their easy outs in the opening two matches.
“That Indian batting lineup has seen some cheap dismissals, which has occasionally left him exposed. When it comes to batting, Kohli is ruthless. He doesn’t give out gentle dismissals. His motivation comes from winning games and scoring runs. They will so miss that. Any side would be remiss in Virat Kohli’s class,” he continued.
Notably, in none of the four times that they have attempted to knock England out of the match, India’s batting has been a little below par. They were unable to take advantage of their enormous lead in the first innings in Hyderabad as the bowlers gave up wickets by getting caught in the deep.
In the first two Tests, India’s batting was not very good.
In the second Test, Yashasvi Jaiswal (209) was the only hitter to score more than 34 runs in the opening session. India set a target of 399 for England later in the second innings, with Shubman Gill (104) being the only player to score more than 50.
Both sides will be keen to seize the lead in the third Test, which starts on Thursday, February 15 at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot, with the series equal at one.