IND vs ENG: “You have to blame Axar”, Virat Kohli to Bumrah and Ishant on their complaint of not getting enough chance to bowl
The 3rd Test between India and England was the game of spinners for both teams but Indian spinners Ravi Ashwin and Axar Patel outplayed the opponents. Jack Leach and Joe Root also dismissed some Indian batsmen in the first inning but went wicketless in the other. India won the match by 10 wickets when Rohit Sharma hit a six to get the lead of 2-1 for India in the series.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli was very pleased with the victory of the team and was looking so happy during the match and post-match conference. He revealed that he had some conversations with the Indian pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma who didn’t get enough chance to bowl for the team. The match finished in just 842 balls where India bowled just 79.2 overs during the third Test. The duo Axar and Ashwin alone bowled 67.4 overs whereas Washington Sundar didn’t even get to bowl a single over in the first inning.
Ishant Sharma, who was playing his 100th Test even complained to Kohli for not getting enough chance to bowl to which Kohli replied, you guys have to blame Axar for this. Patel picked 11 wickets in the match including five-wicket hauls in both innings.
“Well, Bumrah said that I’m getting workload management while playing the game. Ishi (Ishant Sharma) said, ‘It’s my 100th game and I’m not getting to bowl!’. I told them that you have to blame this guy (pointing towards Axar Patel). He’s just coming in and bowling in areas that are making life so much more difficult for the batters.” Kohli said when asked how he managed other bowlers during the game.
Virat Kohli also talked about Washington Sundar who gets to bowl in the second inning of the match and picked the wicket of James Anderson in his 4th ball.
“Eventually, he was very happy that he got to bowl three balls. In the whole game, he didn’t bowl in the first innings. Poor guy, he didn’t get any with the bat as well.” he said.