England cannot bully Virat Kohli-led team in the remaining Test matches, said former captain Nasser Hussain. England head coach Chris Silverwood had said that the hosts will hit back if Indians come hard at them. However, Hussain said that this Indian team cannot be bullied, as they showed in their triumph over Australia.
“Nothing England can do will bully them now even if Chris Silverwood has said he will fight Indian fire with fire for the rest of this series,” Hussain wrote in his column for Daily Mail.
Virat admitted that sledging by the hosts helped them to push for a victory in the second match.
“This India are not a side who will be bullied, as perhaps previous generations have been. They wouldn’t allow themselves to be bullied by Aussie players or crowds — when Tim Paine said, ‘Wait until we get you to the Gabba,’ it just spurred them on,” said Hussain.
“That comment from Paine was aimed at a player who hasn’t featured against England, Ravi Ashwin, but he is another who will be as feisty as they come if he plays in the third Test at Headingley on Wednesday. All their players have great self-belief,” he said.