The Cricket Tier
Jul 31, 2018
Virat Kohli has thrived all around the world in Test cricket – except England. As the Indian captain prepares for his return to English soil, for the Test series starting tomorrow, research from StarPick shows just how badly he struggled on India’s 2014 tour – and how he’ll need to improve this time around.
The Indian skipper has struggled in English conditions –
but is this the series where he puts those issues to bed?
Kohli averaged just 13.40 across those five Tests four years ago, with a high score of just 39. This is in sharp contrast to his record outside of England, where he averages a heady 57.65 from 61 matches.
The 2014 tour was an unhappy one all round for Kohli, who saw his country fall to a 3-1 defeat, losing the final two Tests by an innings. In unfavourable conditions, the tourists were destroyed by the swinging ball, with player of the series Jimmy Anderson picking up 25 wickets.
Anderson has certainly had the wood over Kohli personally, dismissing him five times in Test cricket – more than any English player. All five of those wickets have been caught behind, showing the Indian skipper’s struggles outside off stump against the veteran seamer – something Anderson will hope continues this summer.
However, after a long hot summer in the UK, things may be different this time around. Conditions are likely to be far more familiar for Kohli and India, and with the sun out, the pitches could play more like Bangalore than Birmingham.
Kohli, who has averaged 53.40 across his career, (and 109.16 on England’s tour of India in 2016/17) will certainly hope to conquer his personal final frontier, and lead his side to their first series victory in England since 2007.
Rohit Nair, StarPick co-founder, said: “Virat Kohli’s struggles in England are well known – but this could be the summer where that all changes. If the clouds stay away, even the talents of Jimmy Anderson may find it difficult to get the ball to swing, which should be good news for the Indian tourists – and their captain, especially.
“Kohli certainly looks a better player now than he did four years ago, and he’ll be going all out to improve his record in England, and stamp his mark as the world’s best batsman.”