England Can Win If They Prey on India’s Over Reliance on Kohli

England Can Win If They Prey on India’s Over Reliance on Kohli

England coach Trevor Bayliss believes his team can win the series if they take the advantage of their opposition’s over-reliance on their skipper.

Cricket news: Putting pressure on other batsmen will add pressure on Kohli, says Bayliss

India’s skipper Virat Kohli scored a total of 200 in the Edgbaston Test, 149 in the first innings and 51 in the second innings.

His first innings almost took the game towards his team’s way, but he was left helpless as his teammates could muster up a joint effort of 214 runs as England won the game by 31 runs.

Kohli now became the best batsmen in the ICC Test rankings, the first Indian to occupy the spot since the legendary Sachin Tendulkar in June 2011.

Bayliss had exclaimed that "if he's not the best batter, he's very close to it", but on the other hand he has said that India’s over-dependency on Kohli can prove fatal for them.

"The way he played the first and second innings was high-class stuff," said Bayliss. "If we can put pressure on the other batters in the team, that's going to add to the pressure on him."

Even the England top order has not been perfect, especially against the moving ball as their deficiency was exploited by Ravichandran Ashwin, who took four for 63 and three for 59.

The main talking point of the match was the dismissal of former England captain Alastair Cook who was bowled by Ashwin in both the innings with identical deliveries.

Among the Brits, only three scores were above 30 in both the innings from top six batsmen, Keaton Jennings (42), Joe Root (80) and Jonny Bairstow (70) which came in first innings.

"We're very much in the hunt here," said Bayliss. "When the ball's moving, we've shown that a few of their guys do struggle against the moving ball. I'm sure that they'll be going away working out how they can play it as we're going to be working on how to play the off spin.

"Certainly but I don't think it's any different for us. We've got a few guys who are not necessarily cemented in the team and that puts extra pressure on people like Root, Bairstow and those guys to make the big scores. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't a concern. It always has been: losing plenty of wickets in quick succession."

Another problem of both the teams was the slip-catching. England dropped all total four catches including one of Kohli in the first innings when he was batting on 21.

Dawid Malan, who himself dropped three catches, is not included in the second Test and Joe Root might take his place in the slip cordon. Bayliss believes the problem is more about confidence rather than personnel.

"The more it gets spoken about in situations here like this. Just that bit of anxiety or stiffening of hands as it comes along. We're doing plenty of work on it. It's just disappointing, more so for them than anyone else."

Rakesh Rakshit

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2 South Africa 33 3712 106
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 England 45 4722 105
5 New Zealand 23 2354 102
6 Sri Lanka 38 3668 97
7 Pakistan 21 1853 88
8 West Indies 29 2235 77
9 Bangladesh 19 1268 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2


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1 England 51 6470 127
2 India 49 5973 122
3 New Zealand 41 4602 112
4 South Africa 39 4275 110
5 Pakistan 38 3915 103
6 Australia 37 3699 100
7 Bangladesh 28 2607 93
8 Sri Lanka 50 3872 77
9 West Indies 32 2217 69
10 Afghanistan 32 2053 64
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55


RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 30 3972 132
2 India 37 4601 124
2 Australia 21 2570 122
4 England 21 2448 117
5 New Zealand 22 2542 116
6 South Africa 19 2093 110
7 West Indies 21 2219 106
8 Afghanistan 27 2490 92
9 Sri Lanka 28 2451 88
10 Bangladesh 27 2066 77