Nasser Hussain says Virat Kohli needs to shoulder some blame for India's Edgbaston loss

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Kohli's captaincy has come in for some criticism from Nasser Hussain.

Virat Kohli might have been phenomenal with the bat at Edgbaston but former England skipper Nasser Hussain believes the India man must shoulder some of the blame for his side’s 31-run loss.

The India skipper registered scored of 149 and 51 in the two innings at Edgbaston but some of the captaincy decisions made by him have not impressed Hussain.

“Kohli was phenomenal in this game. He deserved to be on the winning side for the way he played with the tail. He single-handedly brought India back into the Test match. I do think he should take some of the responsibility for the loss, though,” Hussain told Sky Sports following India’s loss.

“England were 87-7 with Sam Curran and Adil Rashid at the crease and for some reason Ravichandran Ashwin went out of the game for an hour. India lost control then – he needs to look back on his captaincy and say ‘when I’ve got a bloke who averages 19 against left-handers and a 20-year-old left-hander on strike, why did I take him off?” he asked.

Sam Curran had defied India with a superb half-century.

Sam Curran had defied India with a superb half-century.

The former England skipper instead heaped praise on young Sam Curran for his all-rounder performance to win the match for the hosts.

“He has won England this game. India might say Kohli got 200 runs but who turned this game around? A 20-year-old. It’s a phenomenal achievement. He changed the course of two innings. He came on with India 50-0 and pitched it up, swung it and got four for nothing and he then went in with England 87-7.” he said

“After his first game you thought he was maybe a bits-and-pieces cricketer and wondered whether he was quick enough, could move it enough and if he was a proper batsman. I always used to say ‘pick someone on their character more than what they are showing in county cricket’. He has character in abundance,” Hussain added.

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Virat Kohli tops batsmen's ICC Test rankings for the first time in his career

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Kohli has attained the highest rating points ever achieved by an Indian.

Following his maiden Test ton on English soil, Virat Kohli has notched up another milestone by becoming only the seventh Indian batsman in history to attain the top ICC Test ranking.

In the latest ICC rankings which were released on Sunday, Kohli had leapfrogged banned Australia star Steve Smith to take the No1 spot.

He is the first Indian batsman since the legendary Sachin Tendulkar in 2011 to achieve the top Test ranking for batsmen.

India suffered a 31-run defeat in the opening Test at Edgbaston with Kohli waging almost a lone-battle with the bat in both innings for the visitors.

The India skipper scored 149 in the first innings before following it up with a knock of 51 in the second.

This is the first time Kohli has achieved the No1 ranking in the Test format and it ends Smith’s 32-month reign at the top of the batting charts.

Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid and Dilip Vengsarkar are the other Indian batsmen apart from Kohli and Tendulkar to have attained the top Test ranking.

In climbing to the top of the rankings, Kohli has also surpassed Gavaskar’s highest-ever tally of 916 rating points. The India skipper now has 934 rating points to his name which is the highest ever achieved by an Indian batsman and 14th highest overall in Test history.

The 29-year-old is already the top-ranked ODI batsman currently.

England skipper Joe Root remains in third spot in the ranking behind Smith who is serving a 12-month ban from international cricket handed to him by Cricket Australia.

In the bowling department, England’s James Anderson continues to top the charts ahead of South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada with India’s Ravichandran Ashwin remaining stationary in fifth place.

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Kumar Sangakkara believes Virat Kohli can become India's greatest batsman of all time

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Sangakkara believes Kohli can go on to match Tendulkar's legacy.

Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara has heaped praise on India skipper Virat Kohli following his incredible showing in the Edgbaston Test loss to England.

The former Sri Lanka batsman believes Kohli can go on to become India’s greatest batsman of all time and that he will on his way to matching Sachin Tendulkar’s legacy.

“The way he is playing, Virat can well become the greatest ever Indian batsman,” Sangakkara told the Times of India on the sidelines of his commentary stint with Sky Sports.

“In terms of Sachin’s legacy, both in terms of cricket and the way he has dealt with pressure, he is unique. But Virat is well on his way to match that. He is comfortably the best in the world of his generation and with time, he will mature even more,” he added.

Much of the build-up to the five-match series has focused around Kohli’s dismal tour of 2014 where he could only manage to muster 134 runs from 10 innings at a paltry average of 13.40.

The India skipper made amends in some style at Edgbaston with his maiden Test ton in England before going on to score 51 runs in the second innings. In the first innings, Kohli waged a lone battle with the tail for company as he notched up a score of 149 before being the last man dismissed.

Kohlit notched up scores of 149 and 51 at Edgbaston.

Kohlit notched up scores of 149 and 51 at Edgbaston.

Sangakkara is of the opinion that the 29-year-old has the potential to break plenty of his record over the course of his career.

“If he understands himself a bit better and keeps improving his game, he will break quite a few records,” the Sri Lankan stated.

The century at Edgbaston was Kohli’s 22nd in Test cricket in just 67 matches. On Sunday, he became the seventh Indian batsman in history to climb to the top of the ICC Test rankings and the first since Sachin Tendulkar in 2011.

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