The chatter regarding Virat Kohli’s form is increasing by the minute. The right-handed batter failed to get among the runs in the second ODI against England as he perished after scoring just 16. He went chasing a delivery that was outside the off-stump and hence he lost his wicket to pacer David Willey.
Jos Buttler: Virat Kohli Is Human And Can Have A Couple Of Low Scores As Well Despite Being One Of The Best Players If Not The Best ODI Batter
However, England captain Jos Buttler has now also come in support of Virat Kohli, saying that the former India skipper has scored so many runs in international cricket, and he does not understand why would someone question his ability with the bat after a string of low scores.
“I suppose in a little way it’s quite refreshing for the rest of us that he (Kohli) is human and he can have a couple of low scores as well, but look he has been one of the best players, if not the best player in ODI cricket in the world.
“So, he’s been a fantastic player for so many years and all batters, it just proves, go through runs of form where they don’t perform as well as they can do sometimes,” Jos Buttler said during a press conference.
“But certainly, as an opposition captain, you know a player of that class is always due, so you’re hoping that it doesn’t come against us. Yeah, incredibly surprised, as I said, his record speaks for himself. The matches he’s won for India and yeah, why would you question that,” Jos Buttler added.
Virat Kohli’s last international ton had come in 2019 in a Test against Bangladesh and after that, the three-figure mark has eluded him. The batter had failed to get going in the Edgbaston Test and then the T20Is against England.
Virat Kohli scored only 11 and 20 in the 5th Test against England. His poor form continued in T20Is too as he failed to make a mark on his comeback. The batting superstar was out for just 1 off 3 balls in the 2nd T20I and scored 11 off 6 balls in the 3rd T20I before a minor groin strain ruled him out of the 1st ODI. He scored 16 in the 2nd ODI.
Reece Topley Takes A Six Wicket Haul As England Wins The 2nd ODI By 100 Runs To Level Series 1-1
Talking about the second ODI between India and England, the former was unable to chase 247 and the side was bundled out for 146, losing the match by 100 runs. Reece Topley took a six-wicket haul for the hosts.
Reece Topley, who was rightfully named Man of the Match, became only the 2nd England bowler to pick up a 6-wicket haul in ODIs. Chasing 247, India managed just 146 runs in 38.5 overs as their hopeless batting performance was on display.
England levelled the ODI series against India with a stunning 100-run victory. Moeen Ali and David Willey led a lower-order fightback before Reece Topley took 6-24 – England’s best-ever ODI figures.