Former England Captains said that they felt dropped catches are the important reason behind Kohli’s splendid innings. In the Edgbaston test, Kohli was dropped at 21 and 51 by David Malan and former England captain Michael Vaughan said that these dropped catches supported Kohli to stand at the score of 149 runs in the first innings of the first test match that commenced on 1st August at Edgbaston.
Currently, Indian innings ended at 274 runs and were trail by 22 runs. But they lost Alistair Cook at 0 to Ravichandran Ashwin.
Vaughan felt that dropping the catches by David Malan will have a huge impact on the series. He told the press that “It was easy as they come at second slip. Whatever happens in this game they’ve allowed Virat Kohli to go on and get 149. He’s got 15 more in this innings than he got throughout the whole tour last time he was here in 2014,”
“It’s a five-match series and Virat has got off to a flyer with 149 and great players once they get into the rhythm, once they get into form and once they get into confidence, they are very difficult to stop.”
Bob Willis said to Sky Sport in unison to Vaughan that “The scene was set, it was Anderson versus Kohli and it would have been Anderson’s day had Dawid Malan held onto that catch in the slips when Kohli was on 21. It went down and he put all of 2014 behind him,”
“That century will have given Kohli so much confidence, not just for the rest of this match but for the rest of the series.” He added.
Kohli added 92 runs along with the lower order batsmen. He led Indian innings from a position of 182/8 to 274/10.
In this context, Vaughan said “Great players love the stage and he went out there today, the crowd booed him,”
He’s great because he looks around goes ‘alright then, you boo me I’ll hang around and make your team spend a bit more time in the field.’”
Former English cricketer Jonathan Trott said that “Straight away he comes into the game and he’s the focal point of the Indian side. He leads with that exuberance,”
“You can see that he’s going to play well when he’s got that sort of intent, he’s got that arrogance about him because he knows he’s a little bit if not a lot better than his teammates or anybody else in the world at the moment when he’s in this form.”