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Virat Kohli’s leadership is difficult to understand: Sanjay Manjrekar

February 11, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

Sanjay Manjrekar supported India's tactics in the first Test against England but did question their overall strategy and team selection. The 227-run defeat at Chennai came as a nasty surprise to Team India as the side was riding high on confidence. India entered the series after their historic win in Australia last month. Kohli returned to lead the team but could not carry on the winning momentum as India went down 0-1 in the four-match series. This was Kohli's fourth back to back Test defeat and India's first at this venue since 1999. While Manjrekar didn't blame India's tactics in the first Test, he did raise a few questions over Kohli's decisions on the field.

Sanjay Manjrekar indicated Nadeem's example as a part where Kohli could have been a bit more proactive. The left-arm spinner could not perform to the mark as he managed to pick up only four wickets. Nadeem was a bit of a disappointment for the side considering the nature of the pitch. On the other hand, Jack Leach scalped six wickets, including impressive figures of 4/76 in India's second innings. 

The second Test is scheduled to start February 13, in Chennai. The match will be played at the same venue but on a different playing surface. The hosts struggled to bowl England out in the first innings after losing the toss.  

Jos Buttler set to return home ahead of the second Test

Rahane and Rohit’s poor performance in the first Test have also received criticism from the entire cricket fraternity. The duo will now look to make a strong comeback in the second game against England. Rishabh Pant's splendid knock in the first innings and Kohli's superb form in the second are some of India's positives from the match. For England, Joe Root was impressive with the bat in both innings while Dominic Bess, Jack Leach, and James Anderson all delivered with the ball at different game stages. England will miss Jos Buttler's services who is set to return home ahead of the second Test. With a spot left in the World Test Championship Final, both England and India will be determined to secure a victory in this second Test.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh