England Can’t bully India: Hussain ahead of 3rd Test
England’s head coach, Chris Silverwood, has stated that his team will continue to fight fire with fire in the remaining three matches against India. Hussain, on the other hand, does not believe England will be able to get under the skin of India’s Kohli-led squad.
Virat Kohli’s India going ahead in the series
Former England captain Nasser Hussain believes Joe Root’s team can do little to ‘bully’ India’s Virat Kohli as the series progresses. Following a tense second Test at Lord’s, which India won by 151 runs, England head coach Chris Silverwood stated that his team will continue to fight fire with fire in the remaining three matches.
Hussain, on the other hand, does not believe England will be able to get under the skin of India’s Kohli-led squad. “Nothing England can do will bully them now even if Chris Silverwood has said he will fight Indian fire with fire for the rest of this series,” Hussain wrote in his Daily Mail column.
Tempers rose between the two sides several times throughout the Lord’s Test, but India, headed by an aggressive Kohli, triumphed over England both verbally and in the bat-and-ball battle. “This India are not a side who will be bullied, as perhaps previous generations have been.
They wouldn’t allow themselves to be bullied by Aussie players or crowds — when Tim Paine said, “Wait until we get you to the Gabba”. “That comment from Paine was aimed at a player who hasn’t featured against England, Ravi Ashwin, but he is another who will be as feisty as they come if he plays in the third Test at Headingley on Wednesday. All their players have great self-belief,” Hussain said.
Right Man to Lead ‘Formidable Indian side’
Hussain commended Kohli for the current Indian team’s improved mentality, describing him as the “perfect man” to head the “formidable Indian side.”
“Virat Kohli is the right man at the right time to lead this formidable India side. His players, in particular the bowlers, want an aggressive captain. They want Kohli stirring things up, as he did so effectively in that brilliant second Test at Lord’s.
“Jasprit Bumrah has always seemed, to be a quiet and reserved character off the field, but look at the way he attacked and went after Jimmy Anderson on that third evening.
“We saw India winning that way in Australia when Kohli went home to be at the birth of his first child after the first Test. They won then with Ajinkya Rahane in charge but it was Kohli who set the tone for that famous series victory and he’s doing it again now,” Hussain added.