For the second time in the series, Virat Kohli has been dismissed for a nought. Ben Stokes bowled a short delivery only to claim the Indian skipper’s wicket. Virat Kohli has been enduring a bad patch, lately. The Indian skipper has struggled to put runs under his belt in the series.
Former English spinner, Graeme Swann praised Ben Stokes for producing an unplayable delivery to Virat Kohli. Speaking during the Lunch Break, Swann said that Ben Stokes won the battle between the two.
“He (Kohli) is world-class, we all know that. On this wicket, it is very difficult to start. More so against spin bowlers because of the amount it can turn and bounce. You are not expecting an absolute floater like that (from fast bowler Ben Stokes),” Swann said.
“We know when Kohli is starting his innings, he looks to score early, he likes to get on the board. So, he just chased the ball. But if you are not as good as Virat Kohli, you probably do not nick the ball. Because it was that much in the slot, he was probably too late on it. So very well done, Ben Stokes. There were a few words said between them so Stokes has probably won that battle today. Just an absolute beauty,” he added.
With that wicket, Ben Stokes has now claimed Virat’s wicket for the fifth time in his career. Also, this is the second occasion when Virat Kohli got out to a seamer.
Swann pointed out that Ben Stokes has been given a lot of pressure, given that Anderson is the only seamer in the team.
“When you are playing as an allrounder, you expect to come on as 2nd change. Bowl 15 overs in a day, get a little swing in the day, you might pick an odd wicket here and there. But a lot of pressure has been put on Stokes in this game. James Anderson is the only out-and-out fast bowler in the team. And the ball has swung.”
England bundled out for 205 runs in the first innings. India, in reply, has managed to score 138 for the loss of a five-wicket. India currently leads the series 2-1.