Veteran cricketer Sunil Gavaskar wrote in Times of India that Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin did a great job to cement their position in the team but they still have to do much more. He said that Kohli warded off his prejudices by his 149. Earlier Gavaskar said that Kohli needs a month of county experience to perform well in England.
He wrote that “Kohli made a mockery of the thinking that he needed to play county cricket to get a big score in England. Kohli is an exceptional talent and can get runs even if he wakes up in the middle of the night,”
“More than him, it is the other guys who have lesser talent who needed to spend more time playing against the red ball, as was seen by the way they struggled against the moving ball. Even if India go on to win the Test and the series, the decision to play just one three-day game in the fortnight’s gap has clearly not helped the other batsmen. More than Kohli, it’s the others who need more time against the red ball. Kohli can’t rescue the team every time.”
“He was watchful to start with and understandably so as India had lost three wickets in quick succession and Anderson kept probing him with an off-stump line and away swingers. Then he had my luck, as any batsman would require in such conditions,”
“Their last tour in 2014 was a forgettable one. In the intervening period, both had taken giant leaps towards greatness and had almost reached the summit. The last leg remained and that’s invariably the most difficult one to surmount. By the time the first Test was halfway done, both had conquered the peak and cemented their places in the pantheon of greats of the game,”
“There was never any doubt about both Ashwin and Kohli’s skill and temperament but more than to the rest of the world, they had a point to prove to themselves. Ashwin got the ball to spin, wobble and turn both ways on the first day of the Test match itself and nobody could say that the pitch helped him. It was the skill of the highest order as he wove a web around the England batsmen. The deliveries to castle a batsman of Alastair Cook’s experience take some doing but Ashwin did it with comprehensive ease.” He added.
He wrote that all the other teammates of Kohli except Ashwin and Ishant Sharma have underperformed in the first test match. Shikhar Dhawan is the highest scorer after Kohli. He scored 26 runs and Umesh Yadav, Rahane, KL Rahul, Ashwin, and Shami shared 87 runs among them in the first innings.
India needs 84 runs to win in this test match as England were all out at 180 runs in the second innings.