London, August 22
Former Indian wicket keeper and batsman Farokh Engineer admires captain Virat Kohli and believes his aggression should be limited, especially when engaging in verbal volleys.
Kohli was on fire with verbal duels in the 151-point win over England in the second test at Lord’s. After the England team, especially James Anderson, took on Jasprit Bumrah, the hosts lost the plot. Set a goal of 272, England were knocked out for 120 on the final day.
“I admire Virat for that. He was an aggressive captain. That’s good. Of course, that has to be within the limits. Otherwise the referee or match referee can step in,” Engineer said in a statement. conversation with Sports Tak.
He added: “Maybe sometimes, yes (toning down his aggression). He gets a little too carried away sometimes. But I like his aggression. He’s a very good captain. I totally agree. . He is I think one of the best drummers in the world. “
The 83-year-old engineer felt Bumrah and Mohammed Shami displayed a stubborn attitude while putting up an unbeaten 89-point position against England in the second set.
âPlus they sled, so your drummer will lose confidence. But Bumrah and Shami were khadoos (stubborn), they replied in their own way. They couldn’t beat very well but they knew how to survive. surviving they got a lot of points and those points were very important for Virat to declare the innings. It was humiliating for England, “said Engineer.
Speaking about luge from his playing days, Engineer said he focused on responding to opposition with his performances on the pitch.
âThey called us ‘bloody Indians’. They ridiculed our accent but I told them, I gave it back to them on the field scoring points and keeping the wicket and all that. And gaining respect.” “And they began to realize that Indians are not stupid. They understood that Indians are hardy and by no means inferior. I tried to tell them that I am not your equal but that we the Indians, we are better than you, âsaid the engineer.
“Oh yeah, they don’t like it because they’re not used to picking it up. They’re used to going one way. We Indians were used to being silent. But I was. the first person to start giving it back to them. When you give it back to them, they start to respect you, “the engineer concluded.
The third test between England and India begins on August 25 at Headingley in Leeds. India leads the five-game test series 1-0. -IANS