Virat Kohli’s Test record in England will improve, says Alec Stewart

first_imgFormer England captain Alec Stewart said he expects Virat Kohli to have a “big impact” on the Test series in England. The five-match Test series between England and India will start in Edgbaston from August 1.On India’s previous tour of England, Kohli had a disastrous outing where he was troubled by James Anderson and Stuart Broad.Back then, he scored 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6 and 20 in the five Tests and finished the series with an average of 13.50.However, Stewart said Kohli is a world-class player and his record will only get better. He also said that playing the limited-overs series will also come handy to the Indian captain and his teammates.”He has had the white-ball internationals to get ready for the Test series. When you have the quality of Virat, you adjust accordingly and I expect him to have a big impact on the Test series. His record here cannot get worse, it can only improve and world-class players find a way of succeeding in tough conditions,” Stewart told PTI in an interview.Virat Kohli’s nightmare against spin continues in EnglandStewart said that he is lucky that he doesn’t have to buy a ticket to watch Virat bat.”As much as people will be scrutinizing his record leading into this Test series, I expect him to succeed. I am lucky enough come watch cricket and not buy a ticket. But I would gladly pay to watch Virat bat,” he said.Kohli’s much-hyped maiden county stint for Surrey had to be called off due to a neck injury the Indian Premier League but how much has the rest helped the Indian captain will only be discovered after the end of the Test series, said former England captain.advertisementTendulkar hopeful of a good show from Kohli, Team India in England TestsInterestingly, Stewart, who is the Director of Cricket for Surrey County had played a pivotal role in getting Kohli to sign his maiden county contract, where he was supposed to play three four day games during the months of May and June. Virat Kohli has scored 15 Test centuries since England tour in 2014 (Getty Images)However a neck injury in IPL and prescribed rest meant that Kohli didn’t play for Surrey as he wanted to remain fresh for the gruelling two and half month UK tour that had five Test matches.”Virat has played only a limited number of [Test] matches in England and his record is nowhere near the high quality he has achieved everywhere else around the world. So only he can answer [if rest helped him more] and we will know at the end of this series,” Stewart said when asked if skipping county stint would help him during Tests or not.Kuldeep Yadav needs more discipline to succeed in Tests, feels Alec StewartStewart believes that had Kohli been fit, his stimt would have proved to be mutually benefical for both parties.”In my conversation with him [Kohli], we told him that we very much wanted him at Surrey for that month [June], and he told us he wanted to be here. It would have helped Surrey and it would have definitely helped Virat as well. But circumstances around that neck injury meant that he had pull out at the last moment,” said Stewart.Stewart is also hopeful that India will perform better this time as likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma have all played county in the past two seasons, which will keep them in good stead.”The likes of Pujara, Ashwin and Ishant have played in England before but to play more recently in the county circuit, in preparation for the Test series, it can only get better for India. The more you get used to conditions and different playing environments, the better it is going to be as an international cricketer. So, it will definitely help India that important members of their Test side have played here,” Stewart said.Sachin Tendulkar feels yo-yo test shouldn’t be only criterion for selectionPrior to the start of the Test series, India will play a four-day warm-up against Essex from July 25. The four other Test matches will be played at Lord’s (August 9 to August 13), Trent Bridge (August 18 to August 22), The Rose Bowl (August 30 to September 3) and Kennington Oval (September 7 to September 11).India are eyeing their first Test series victory in England since 2007.(Interview by PTI)last_img

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