‘They miss Virat Kohli’s captaincy massively in Test cricket’: Michael Vaughan’s sharp statement after India loses the 1st Test

India was defeated by England in the first Test by 28 runs.

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Former England captain Michael Vaughan feels India would not have lost the Hyderabad Test if Virat Kohli had led the side. The hosts were in command with a big 190-run advantage after the first innings, but they were unable to match England’s energy as their hitters put on a magnificent display in the middle.

Ollie Pope scored 196 runs, and Ben Foakes and Tom Hartley helped England to a mammoth total of 420 runs in the second innings. Following that, rookie Tom Hartley stole the show with a seven-wicket haul as the visitors triumphed by 28 runs. Vaughan reflected on this, saying that India missed Kohli’s captaincy in the red ball format and that they were utterly turned off in the second innings.

“They miss Virat Kohli’s captaincy massively in Test cricket. Under Virat’s captaincy that week, India wouldn’t have lost the game. Rohit is a legend and a great player. But I felt he just switched off completely” Vaughan said on the Club Prairie Fire show.

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Meanwhile, India suffered its first Test defeat at home after building a 100-plus run lead in the first innings. Many former cricketers, notably Vaughan and Anil Kumble, have commented about the bowlers’ lack of focus, which the Three Lions capitalised on. On the other side, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja have been ruled out of the second Test in Vizag, which is scheduled to begin on February 2.

Sarfaraz Khan, Washington Sundar, and Saurabh Kumar replaced them in the team. Sarfaraz is one of the players most likely to make his national team debut. He was exceptional against the England Lions, which helped him secure a position on the Indian team. As things stand, Rajat Patidar or Sarfaraz are set to replace Rahul in the starting XI, while Kuldeep Yadav is expected to take the position of Jadeja.

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