'Long Live Test Cricket While We Have Virat Kohli,’ Shane Warne Said Of England's Match Against India

Former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne remarked that Virat Kohli has earned the respect of the current Indian squad, which is why they all want to play for him and follow his direction.

'Long Live Test Cricket While We Have Virat Kohli,’ Shane Warne Said Of England's Match Against India
'Long Live Test Cricket While We Have Virat Kohli,’ Shane Warne Said Of England's Match Against India

Shane Warne, a former Australia leg-spinner, believes Virat Kohli has earned the respect of the current Indian squad, which is why they all want to play for him and follow his lead. The Virat Kohli-led team cruised to a 157-run victory over England to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

On the final day of the fourth Test at the Kennington Oval on Monday, Indian bowlers shone, as the mercurial Jasprit Bumrah's brilliance and all-around effort by Shardul Thakur enabled the visitors to upset England by 157 runs to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. 

"They hold him in high regard." All of the other players look up to him. They support him and play for him. It's critical for a captain to have a team that supports him. I believe we all owe Virat a debt of gratitude for the way he handles himself. He's made them believe because of the way he led them; belief is such a crucial aspect of athletics.

He's made them believe because of the way he led them; belief is such a crucial aspect of athletics. Kohli instils confidence in his teammates. After the fourth Test, Warne stated Sky Sports, "Long live Test cricket while we have Virat Kohli." 

Kohli also taunted the Barmy Army by pretending to play the trumpet after Jasprit Bumrah's ball to dismiss Ollie Pope on the final day of the Oval Test. With the conditions suitable for batting, England's openers got the hosts off to a fantastic start, both scoring fifty. However, Shardul stepped into the attack on Day 5 and dismissed Burns in his first over. 

Shardul Thakur, who was part of the Indian foursome who scored more than 50 runs in the second innings, was also impressed with the ball, dismissing Joe Root afterwards. 

The hosts were still in contention until lunch on Day 5, when Jasprit Bumrah bowled a brilliant session to give India a realistic chance of winning. The fifth and final Test between India and England will take place in Manchester on September 10th.