The largest home assignment India has had in recent memory is about to end in Hyderabad in a few days on January 25. Indian supporters are hoping for the side to score a couple more points in the World Test Championship after India managed to tie the series against South Africa three weeks ago. Observing how England’s aggressive ‘Bazball’ strategy holds up against Indian spinners in Indian conditions offers an alternative viewpoint.
Indian batter Sunil Gavaskar, a legend, acknowledged that England has done well with their strategy and that it might also be effective in India.
On Star Sports, Gavaskar expressed confidence that Virat Kohli might become India’s equivalent of Bazball. “England have adopted a new approach in Test cricket in the last 1-2 years. It’s an aggressive approach where batters look to attack. They just want to play attacking cricket no matter the situation. It’ll be interesting to see if this approach works against the spinners of India”
“Yeah, conversion means having more hundreds than fifties. With Kohli, he has a similar amount of hundreds and fifties, that means he has a good conversion rate. The way he’s been batting, his movement looks good. With the form that he’s in, we have Viratball to counter Bazball,” the veteran added.
With two fifty-score runs and an incredible record of 1,991 runs in 28 matches versus England, Kohli was India’s top batsman during their tour of South Africa and will be looking to build on his fantastic success. After these five games, India, which is presently ranked second in the WTC standings, will want to maintain its advantage.