After a relatively barren run in 2019, Joe Root’s form in 2021 has been insurmountable, with five centuries in the year thus far, a record in English cricket. In the last eight months, Root has had a century against Sri Lanka, India and now has followed it up with twin centuries against India in consecutive innings, including an unbeaten 180 on day three of the Lord’s test. His counterpart Virat Kohli has struggled in the same time frame, with concerns raised over his batting, with his last century in November 2019, against Bangladesh.
Former Indian batsman Aakash Chopra insisted that Kohli should try and emulate Joe Root’s knock from the second and third day of the Test. He also reckoned that an aggressive innings from the Indian skipper could change the tide of the game, back in India’s favour after England took a slender lead at the end of the third day’s play.
"Virat Kohli will want to replicate what Joe Root is doing and that could start today. I am expecting Virat Kohli to have a good day, play an aggressive innings, maybe a 60-70 kind of knock, not a hundred but an innings that should change the momentum of this game towards India," Aakash Chopra said on his YouTube video.
With India trailing England by 27 runs going into the second innings, the former Indian opener opined that the Indian skipper would be inspired to be proactive and take the attack to the Three Lions.
"The situation when Kohli will come to bat, I feel he will be inspired that let me take the attack to the opposition, let me be very very aggressive and not reactive but proactive. I have great expectations from him," opined Chopra.