Captaincy questions about Kohli-2018

Former England skipper Nasser Hussain has raised questions over the decisions taken by Indian captain Virat Kohli during the first test between the two sides at Edgbaston

Hussain criticised Kohli, saying that the Indian star’s puzzling tactics had gone against his own team. He was in particular critical of the decision to remove in-form spinner Ravi Ashwin from the attack when England were on the ropes at 87/7 in the second innings. The withdrawal of Ashwin and Ishant Sharma, the two bowlers who had troubled England the most, allowed Sam Curran and Adil Rashid to rebuild and guide the hosts to safety.

Kohli also chose to stick with Shikhar Dhawan at the top despite the latter’s indifferent test form in overseas conditions, which meant dropping Cheteshwar Pujara, regarded by many as the Indian batsman most capable of occupying the crease and tiring out the opposition bowlers.

With the bat, Kohli was effectively a lone warrior, scoring nearly half of India’s runs across both innings put together.

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