Virat Kohli backed to finally shine in England ahead of four-Test series

Virat Kohli is in fine form, but can he finally get Test runs in England?
Updated 29 July 2018
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Virat Kohli backed to finally shine in England ahead of four-Test series

  • Last time in England the India skipper only scored 134 runs in five Tests
  • England pace ace James Anderson says the pressure to perform will be very much on Kohli

Virat Kohli has plundered Test runs in virtually every corner of the cricket world but England is a scoring desert for India’s superstar captain ahead of a tricky five-match series.
He returned from his first England series in 2014 with just 134 runs from five Tests, unable to counter swing bowlers. India, with Mahendra Singh Dhoni as captain, lost the series 3-1.
The 29-year-old Kohli is now back in England as reigning ICC player of the year and the world’s leading batsman with an average of over 53 in 66 Tests.
He has hit 301 runs in six limited-overs matches on the tour.
India won the Twenty20 series and lost the one-day internationals, but Kohli knows that his Test performance — starting in Edgbaston on Wednesday — will be the benchmark of success.
Former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin said Kohli is a completely different batsman from the last tour and an exemplary leader of the top-ranked Test side in the world.
“At that time, it was his first tour... now he has got so many runs behind him and I think will perform wonderfully well,” Azharuddin told AFP.
“He has led India in so many Test matches so I don’t think he will have any pressure now as far as leadership is concerned.”
Kohli struggled against seam bowlers in 2014 with England paceman James Anderson dismissing the right-handed batsman four times in the series.
The Indian skipper has insisted he is not concerned about his personal performances against England, hitting out at critics for putting the spotlight on his 2014 failure.
His form has been noticed in the England camp, however. Anderson said the Indian captain was “telling lies” by saying his own runs do not matter.
“For India to win here, of course it matters. Virat will be desperate to score runs for his team, as you would expect from the captain and one of the best players in the world,” Anderson said.
Azharuddin backed Kohli’s view that the team’s performance is more important.
“Cricket is not a game of one individual. It doesn’t work like that. Everybody has to score runs one person can’t win you a game,” said the cricketer-turned-politician.
“If the ball is seaming, batsmen in both teams will struggle. But having said that, India have a great chance of winning in England this time.”


Rumors Saudi crown prince buying Manchester United ‘completely false’: government minister

Updated 18 February 2019
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Rumors Saudi crown prince buying Manchester United ‘completely false’: government minister

  • Rumors claiming the  Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman wanted to buy UK football club Manchester United are “completely false”
  • The rumors that emerged in UK media reported that the crown prince tabled a $4.9 billion bid for the 13-time premier league winning team

DUBAI: Rumors claiming the  Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman wanted to buy UK football club Manchester United are “completely false,” Saudi Arabia’s Minster of Media Turki Al-Shabanah said in a Tweet on Sunday.

“Reports claiming that HRH the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman intends on buying @ManUtd are completely false. Manchester United held a meeting with @PIFSaudi to discuss sponsorship opportunity . No deal has been materialized.,” Al-Shabanah’s tweet read.

 

The rumors that emerged in UK media reported that the crown prince tabled a $4.9 billion bid for the 13-time premier league winning team.