Home > Features >

Virat Kohli’s knock against Middlesex could be start of his resurgence ahead of ODIs against England

Virat Kohli may feel a lot more comfortable after his recent knock against Middlesex © Getty Images
Virat Kohli may feel a lot more comfortable after his recent knock against Middlesex © Getty Images (File Photo)

Virat Kohli scored an invaluable 71 in India’s 95-run win against Middlesex in the tour game preceding India’s five-match One-Day International (ODI) series against England scheduled to begin on August 25. Shiamak Unwalla looks at how the knock could turn things around for Virat Kohli and India.

Cricket is a team game. It always has been, and it always will be. That being said, there are some players whose fortunes are inextricably linked with that of the team. The form of Yuvraj Singh is almost always in direct proportion to that of the Indian team. How Dale Steyn performs invariably dictates how well South Africa does. The West Indies tend to look like a much better team when Chris Gayle fires on all cylinders. Virat Kohli is another player whose well-being generally mirrors that of his team.

In the recently-concluded Test series that India managed to lose, Kohli was in terrible form. It was the first extended run of low scores he has suffered since he made his debut in 2008. One can say that Kohli’s failure was a big factor in India’s downfall during the summer. But a Kohli in form is always going to boost India, and his knock against Middlesex might just be the turning point of this tour.

Kohli is someone who is supremely confident in his abilities; a confidence that was notable in its absence in the Test series. With this fifty, the old swagger that is almost a trademark of Kohli’s will be back, and that is not good news for England.

Unlike in Tests where Kohli is perhaps not India’s main batsman, their ODI batting depends heavily on him to provide a good base on which the other batsmen can build. In the 134 games he has played so far, Kohli has scored 5,634 runs at a staggering 52.16 with 19 tons, 30 fifties and a strike rate of 89.87 — tremendous figures by any measure.

In all likelihood, Kohli will take this momentum further in the ODI series. He will be smarting after the Test series debacle, and the ODIs will give him a shot at redemption. If he manages to find his touch, India could well avenge their Test defeat and win their first overseas bilateral ODI series in a surprisingly long time.

Catch all the coverage of India’s tour to England here

(Shiamak Unwalla is a reporter with Cricket Country. He is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic who likes to pass his free time by reading books, watching TV shows, and eating food. Sometimes all at the same time. You can follow him on twitter at @ShiamakUnwalla)

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Mount Maunganui

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Mount Maunganui

More

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 11, 2014  at Delhi

India won by 48 runs

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 10, 2014  at Dubai

Australia won by 5 wkts

Photos

India vs West Indies 4th ODI at Dharamsala

Videos

Pakistan A vs Australia, Day 4: Highlights

South Africa vs New Zealand 2014: 5 memorable matches

Yasir Shah: The new spinning sensation for Pakistan

Virat Kohli takes wicket with the first (0th?) ball of his T20I career

Kevin Pietersen’s autobiography — a litany of complaints with a few redeeming patches

Banning West Indian players in IPL can affect the ‘Brand value’ of the event – Will BCCI take this gamble?

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan 2014 BCCI India India vs West Indies India vs West Indies 2014 Pakistan Salaam Cricket West Indies West Indies cancel India tour 2014 West Indies tour of India 2014 West Indies vs India West Indies vs India 2014

BCCI not treating women’s cricket well, says WCAI secretary Nutan Gavaskar

South Africa tour of New Zealand 2014: Both teams look for psychological advantage before ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Navjot Singh Sidhu turns 51

Mitchell Marsh turns 23

Virat Kohli rises to No 2 ODI batting spot, Bhuneshwar Kumar enters Top-10 bowlers ranking

South Africa vs New Zealand 2014: 5 memorable matches

Yasir Shah: The new spinning sensation for Pakistan

Virat Kohli takes wicket with the first (0th?) ball of his T20I career

Kevin Pietersen’s autobiography — a litany of complaints with a few redeeming patches

Banning West Indian players in IPL can affect the ‘Brand value’ of the event – Will BCCI take this gamble?

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

674 Posts | 6 Fans

Highlights from the Asian Cricket Awards at Lord's

अभिनेत्री हुमा कुरैशी ओरिफ्लेम की ब्रांड एंबेसडर

Has Bigg Boss 8 made Karishma Tanna the most hated person?

Pranab Mukherjee returns home after visit to Norway, Finland

Revealed: First look of Amitabh Bachchan-Farhan Akhtar’s Do!

7 reasons why having sex during pregnancy is great for your health

Videocon Infinium Graphite with gesture control feature launched, priced at Rs 10,499

Rupee up 19 paise against dollar in early trade

Twitter introduces Audio Cards to listen to music directly from your timeline

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here