first_imgFormer England captain Nasser Hussain has raised questions on the captain of Virat Kohli after India suffered a narrow 31-run loss against England in the first Test at Edgbaston.Virat Kohli put up a sensational performance with the bat scoring 200 runs in the Test match (149 in the first innings and 51 in the second) but the other batsmen in the Indian team failed to rise to the occasion and the England bowlers helped England to take a 1-0 lead in the series.Nasser Hussain was all praise for Kohli’s brilliant batting but said he “should take some of the responsibility for the loss”.Hussain particularly mentioned Sam Curran’s 65-ball 63 in the second innings that turned the tide back towards England after they were reeling at 87/7 in 30.6 overs on Day 3 of the Test.Hussain questioned why Kohli did not use Ravichandran Ashwin to attack Curran and instead took him out of the bowling attack that let Curran settle and play his shots.MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS”Kohli was phenomenal in this game. He deserved to be on the winning side for the way he played with the tail. He singlehandedly brought India back into the Test match. I do think he should take some of the responsibility for the loss, though,” Hussain told Sky Sports.”England were 87/7 with Curran and Adil Rashid at the crease and for some reason Ravichandran Ashwin went out of the game for an hour. India lost control then — he needs to look back on his captaincy and say ‘when I’ve got a bloke who averages 19 against left-handers and a 20-year-old left-hander on strike, why did I take him off?’,” Hussain questioned.advertisementAlso read – Adelaide 2014, Birmingham 2018: Virat Kohli let down by India’s other batsmenEven though the Test match ended in disappointment for the Indians, the world stood up and applauded the show of Test cricket at Edgbaston. While Kevin Pietersen tweeted “#TestCricket – enough said!”, Nasser Hussain also felt that the match was a great advert for the longest format of the sport.”The pitch has a lot to do with that — it wasn’t a flat belter — and so have the players. The standard of bowling and captaincy (has been great). I think Joe Root has been outstanding in this game.Also read – Virat Kohli wants his batsmen to look in the mirror after Edgbaston defeat”A lot of times nowadays we see one side get ahead in Test matches and series and then the other doesn’t seem capable of fighting back. This match has switched one way and then the other.” Hussain also backed the usage of Dukes ball in Test cricket, saying it added to the excitement of the format and felt ICC took take a cue from this match.”The template for Test cricket has been set and I don’t see why the ICC can’t just use the Dukes ball around the world. It produces exciting cricket, so why don’t the ICC go down that road?”Also read – Virat Kohli missed one for a change and that changed the game: Ben StokesHussain credited Curran for the England win. Even though it was Ben Stokes who took the prized wicket of Virat Kohli and then picked the wicket of Hardik Pandya to end the Indian innings, the former England captain said Curran turned the game around.”He has won England this game. India might say Kohli got 200 runs but who turned this game around? A 20-year-old. It’s a phenomenal achievement. He changed the course of two innings. He came on with India 50-0 and pitched it up, swung it and got four for nothing and he then went in with England 87-7.Also read – 1st Test: Joe Root ‘thrilled to bits’ after England win cliff-hanger vs India”After his first game you thought he was maybe a bits-and-pieces cricketer and wondered whether he was quick enough, could move it enough and if he was a proper batsman. I always used to say ‘pick someone on their character more than what they are showing in county cricket’. He has character in abundance,” Hussain said.Nasser Hussain’s assessment of Kohli captaincy aside, the International Cricket Council (ICC) might have hit the wrong note with the Indian captain after their mic drop tweet post India’s loss.Also read – Stats: England win in their 1000th Test despite Virat Kohli brillianceICC trolled Virat Kohli by posting a picture of the Indian captain and England skipper Joe Root and use some photoshop skills to add a mic, which appears to be falling from Root’s right hand.advertisementThe mic drop gesture by Kohli on the first day of the Test (when Kohli ran out Root) was a fallout of Root’s own similar celebration after his second successive hundreds helped England win the three-match ODI series.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more