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Virat Kohli, who due to lack of support from other batsmen, failed to take India to a memorable victory in the recently-concluded first Test against England at Edgbaston, Birmingham, is regarded as one the finest batsmen of the World. However, on Monday night, batsman Jason Roy said that the hosts were "not scared of him but admitted that Kohli is "an imposing batsman, an imposing figure on the field".
Just to remind you, Kohli waged a lone against English bowlers in the first test but let down by the other batsmen which eventually saw India fall short by 31 runs. With this win hosts has taken a 1-0 lead in the five-match Test series.
Roy was part of a group discussion that included International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson and former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar at the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture. When asked about facing a team with a modern-day great, and whether England were afraid of Virat Kohli, Roy immediately said, "Not scared of him, no."
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">🗣 "We're not scared of him"<a href="">@JasonRoy20</a> says that despite the talents of Virat Kohli, England don't fear the prospect of coming up against him.<br><br>Watch live ➡️ <a href=""></a><a href="">#CowdreyLecture</a> <a href=""></a></p>— Lord's Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) <a href="">August 6, 2018</a></blockquote><script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>
"He's obviously a great player, and rightly so, you've given him such kind words," said the England opener. "He's an extremely good athlete, an imposing batsman, an imposing figure on the field. We've got to find ways of dismantling him somehow, so we can't give him too much praise right here."
Kohli made scintillating ton in the first inning followed by a gritty 51 in the second inning. Kohli's 149 was his maiden Test century in England. In the last tour of England four years ago the 29-year-old skipper had managed just 134 runs in 10 innings during five Tests.
Kohli will be hoping for a repeat performance in the second Test that will be played at Lord's starting August 9.
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