Monty Panesar believes England players have underestimated Virat Kohli and his backing of the players during the second Test. The hosts went hard after Jasprit Bumrah which backfired as the hosts won the game by 151 runs.
Jasprit Bumrah was involved in a heated argument with James Anderson on Day 3. England hit back hard when Bumrah was at the crease. During the hosts’ second innings, Virat Kohli supported his pacer and gave it back to Anderson and the other England players.
“I am sure it all came from England coach Chris Silverwood. That was his idea, ‘let’s target India’s number 10 or 11, bouncing them really hard and rattle them.’ India were like, ‘okay you are after one of our guys, we all will be after you now.’ India’s tactic really worked in their favour. England thought that they would bully the Indian team. ‘Let’s bully Jasprit Bumrah, the number 11.’ But they weren’t aware of what kind of character Virat Kohli is. He was observing everything and then came back hard on England. He is a guy who never forgives,” Monty Panesar told Timesofindia.com in an interview.
Panesar further added that England shouldn’t have messed with the Indians because their skipper loves giving it back strongly.
“He will support his team in every way no matter what. Virat can’t tolerate the bullying of his teammates. England started but it backfired and all credit goes to Virat. England were intimidated by the Indian team. On Day 5, when they got Rishabh Pant out, they thought they would get Shami and Bumrah cheaply too. But everything backfired for England. You just can’t mess with India. Virat can’t take bullying. He will give it back to you strongly,” the former pacer added.