Boycott - England must learn from Kohli

19 February 2021 02:47:43 GMTPlus10

Geoff Boycott says England's batsmen need to follow Virat Kohli's example if they are to avoid getting blown away in the last two Tests in India.

Boycott reckoned Kohli's second-innings 62 was a masterclass in how to bat on a spinning pitch and it is expected that the wicket in Ahmedabad, the stage for the last two Tests of the four-match series, will also turn.

India levelled the series in Chennai with a thumping 317-run success and while all-rounder Ravi Ashwin deservedly won man-of-the-match accolades for his century and eight wickets, former England opener Boycott had nothing but admiration for Kohli.

The India skipper had flopped in the first innings – he was out for a five-ball duck, bowled by Moeen Ali, who has flown home and will sit out the last two matches.

But Kohli looked a different batsman in the second innings, on a difficult wicket, hitting seven boundaries in a patient half century and featuring in a seventh-wicket stand of 96 with Ashwin which completely took the game out of England's reach.

"He used the odd sweep shot but stuck to the basics and batted superbly," Boycott wrote in the Daily Telegraph. "Virat defended with determination, his footwork was superb and at all times he was careful and watchful.

"His judgement of length was exceptional and his shot execution equally impressive. He showed that it is possible to bat properly.

"Every pitch in India spins. It is just a question of when and how much it turns."

India are 1.80 to win the third Test in Ahmedabad, which gets underway on Wednesday, while England, impressive winners of the first Test, are 3.00 to stun the Indians once again and restore their lead in the series.

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