IND vs ENG: ‘Best ball’ against Virat Kohli has to throw as often as possible, says English batting coach Graham Thorpe


Such is the quality of the Indian batting line-up that English bowlers will have to repeatedly bowl their best balls if they want to put the hosts, led by their peerless skipper Virat Kohli, under any kind of pressure during the upcoming Test series, thinks that batting coach Graham Thorpe. Since his gruesome show in an England away game in 2014, Kohli has demolished the attack in England both at home (2016) and away (2018), although the team achieved opposite results in both series. When asked if the bowling unit led by James Anderson has any specific plans for the Indian captain, the former England left-handed player said: “We know he’s a fantastic player and he has shown it for many years. Virat is in a of those batting orders who understand the circumstances at home very well. “

“The key to our bowling attack will be to bowl our ‘best ball’ as often as possible. I don’t think we can ask more of our spinners and seamers. We need runs on the board and then it will put pressure on Indian batting order is really key for us. The game in depth will be an important aspect for England, ”said Thorpe.

Indian bowling is no longer about spinners weaving magic on rank turners, and Thorpe said they know well about this current home team attack.

“The only thing about the Indian bowling attack is that it’s not all about spin. I suppose their seam attack is strong too and so from that point of view it’s not going to be totally sidetracked in the spin side of things. “

The challenge from both Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin can be difficult, but the batting coach understands that a balance needs to be created.

“Indian bowling has become a very good attack and we are very aware of that. If you come to the subcontinent, you will have to deal with spin. More so with the Indian attack we know. The training time (three days) will be are used to find a good balance by practicing both. “

The former left-hander is aware that there are some hitters out there who have not played on the subcontinent before and the four-Test series will be a big learning curve in their development process.

“Some of our players haven’t played on the subcontinent, so they may be behind others in development, but they are working hard and hopefully can put on a good show. It will be a bit of a learning curve for some of them too.”

While different batsmen will have different styles, Thorpe wants his players to recognize certain situations and respond accordingly.

“We may have some players who are a little more aggressive and some players would find it easy to hit all day long if they can. We want our players to recognize situations and maybe they can rely on their defense there.”

“Maybe they will be able to turn the shot, whether against seamers or spinners. How we can put pressure on Indian bowlers will also be one of the biggest challenges.”

The batting coach has no illusions that how difficult the next two months will be.

“There is a lot of hard cricket ahead of us. I don’t think I have any illusions about that. But as a cricket player you want to test yourself in many ways on a very different kind of environment. But it’s a challenge we are looking for. looking out. “


For Thorpe, there could have been no greater challenge than taking on an Indian team that just beat Australia in Australia.

“India at home is a real challenge. They play very well cricket and have been very strong at home. They have also come back from a win in Australia, so for us it’s a real challenge. Let’s just say that’s kind of where you like. want to be a player, ”Thorpe concluded.

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