It is probably secure to time period the 2014 tour to England because the hardest in Virat Kohli’s illustrious profession to date. The Indian captain has had an analogous below-par sequence even in New Zealand final yr however the struggles of the 2014 England tour was at a distinct stage. James Anderson had his quantity. He was overwhelmed each on the surface and the within edges of his bat. But in his subsequent tour to England in 2018, Kohli didn’t get out to Anderson even as soon as, scored 593 runs in 5 Tests to announce to the world that he’s certainly a modern-day nice in any situation.
Fast ahead to June 3, 2021, Kohli reached England with lots using on his shoulders than simply steering India in a bilateral sequence. He would be the flag bearer of India’s batting line-up within the World Test Championship closing towards New Zealand.
So what’s the distinction between the Kohli of 2014 and the Kohli of 2021 who landed in England for his third Test sequence? In Team India head coach Ravi Shastri’s phrases, he’s ‘slimmer’, ‘fitter’, ‘most profitable Indian captain’ and ‘5 and half thousand runs richer’.
Shastri just isn’t too far off from his evaluation. Ever since that nightmarish outing towards England 7 years in the past, Kohli has solely grown in stature each as a captain and in addition as a Test batsman.
“The distinction between the Virat Kohli of 2014 (England vs India tour) and as we speak is that he is slimmer, fitter, probably the most profitable Indian Test captain, and solely 5 and a half thousand runs richer,” Shastri mentioned in a digital press convention earlier than Indian workforce left for the UK.
When Kohli was requested to reply the identical query, the Indian captain was much more reserved in his reply.
“If in 2014, you’d have informed me that in 2021 I’m going to play the WTC closing, I might have had a troublesome time believing that. I’ve stopped taking a look at sequence as final duties or targets. It’s about main the workforce in the fitting method,” Kohli responded.