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England wary of Kohli’s Adelaide record, bemoan Buttler’s sorry numbers at same venue; ‘hoping’ Surya fails, but no weaknesses gleaned: English press ahead of semis

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Published on Nov 10, 2022
England wary of Kohli’s Adelaide record, bemoan Buttler’s sorry numbers at same venue; ‘hoping’ Surya fails, but no weaknesses gleaned: English press ahead of semis

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Here’s a few headlining talking points from the British press. 1. Kohli + Adelaide = quake England, quake “Virat Kohli’s Adelaide record could be bad news for England in T20 World Cup semi-final” said the headline in BBC Sports, spotlighting the background that Kohli might have drifted into, given England captain Jos Buttler was asked “how he would stop Suryakumar, not Kohli.” But the BBC remained suitably wary. “Whether the 34-year-old will enjoy time out of the limelight can be debated. Kohli, though, should not be underestimated,” it wrote. It was Kohli’s record at Adelaide that was the source of this imminent feeling of being thwarted by him.
“But at the Adelaide Oval his record reaches a sphere few can match. It’s the place he describes as feeling “like home,” it continued to brr, quoting his “hundred in each innings – thwarting Australia for more than nine hours across two knocks.” India’s Virat Kohli gestures with his bat after scoring 50 runs vs Bangladesh in Adelaide (AP Photo/James Elsby) The numbers pushed them into a self admitted “unfair comparison” …”but Kohli has more international centuries at the Adelaide Oval than the great Don Bradman, whose statue sits behind one of the stands. Across all formats, Kohli averages 75.58 at the ground, with two one-day international hundreds to add to his three in four Tests. And in two Twenty20 matches he has never been dismissed.”
Note: never. There was the “sublime 90 not out against Australia in 2016 and an unbeaten 64 against Bangladesh in the group stage of this World Cup.
His nets session too was closely followed. “He took two bats into the nets with him, positioning one carefully to be propped up on the back of the stumps. You could say he was making himself at home. Kohli may not be the only talk in town but he should still be feared.England, beware,” ended the BBC. 2. Atherton hopes Surya “fails occasionally “ India’s Suryakumar Yadav bats during the T20 World Cup cricket match between India and the Netherlands in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft) Sky Sports Cricket’s Michael Atherton was first quoted gushing about Suryakumar Yadav. “[Former India head coach Ravi Shastri] told him to ‘land the first punch’ and from his first ball he flipped Archer’s bouncer into the stands for six almost Gordon Greenidge-style over fine leg. He has been pretty much landing punches ever since. He is an incredible player, rightly the No 1-ranked T20 batter. There are more established names in the India team – Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma – but I reckon he is the one England’s bowlers will be thinking about most and how they stop him from scoring,” he was quoted by Sky.
Atherton noted that Adelaide Oval’s short, square boundaries and “SKY’s great strength is either slicing it behind point or flipping it behind square” would aid him. He was banking on law of averages though to desperately catch up on the Indian sensation.
“But anyone can fail. His numbers are staggering in T20 but at that tempo you are going to fail occasionally. He may just have a bad day.” Ske Sports though ended with an exasperated: “He may, Athers, but he has not had too many bad days of late, with six half-centuries across his last nine T20 international innings.” 3. Nasser Hussain’s SKY homework: “WhatsApp group dried up when asked about his weaknesses” India’s Suryakumar Yadav gestures after taking a catch to dismiss Bangladesh’s Najmul Shanto during the T20 World Cup cricket match between India and Bangladesh in Adelaide, Australia, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/James Elsby) When SKY sports asked the pundit Nasser Hussain for his take, he ran them through his snap research. “I asked the CricViz guys to send me the strengths and weaknesses of Suryakumar. Around 15 WhatsApp messages came through on his strengths – playing pace bowling and spin well, hitting square, scooping more than...


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