Former England captain Michael Atherton says the aggressive beating of debutant Ishan Kishan at the top has helped put “under pressure” They grow kohli calm down and play his natural game in the second T20 International.
Ishan smashed 32 balls 56 in his first international tournament and sewed 94 stands for the second gate with Koli (73 not from 49 balls) to give India a serial equalizer victory with seven wickets in the second T20 here on Sunday night.
Atherton said Kishan’s smooth beating had helped reduce pressure from Collie, who had registered three ducks in his previous five innings.
“I think Virat felt a little under pressure in that first game because of what he said at the press conference for India, which is playing a slightly more aggressive game,” the former England captain told Sky Sports.
“The problem in this first game with the squad that India had was that they had a lot of similar players of the highest order and I think Collie felt pressured. and this is not really his game.
“He (Kohli) is an elite player and scores very fast, but not like (Rishabh) Pant or, really, Ishan Kishan. So when that youngster comes in and plays the way he did, I think he just let Kohli can log in and play his natural game, “he remarked.
Atherton said Kohli looks in his comfort zone during his knock on Sunday.
“He doesn’t play the type of shot he came out of the day he backs away and tries to produce something. He just plays a more orthodox inning for him, although he still strikes fast and gets those quick hands through the ball at those kick from the side of his foot that he plays so well, “he said.
“I definitely felt it was more like a Kohli performance than in the first game.”