India vs England, 1st Test: Virat Kohli and boys are unhappy with team management; here is why

India will take on England in the first Test of the five-Test series, starting August 1 at Birmingham.

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India vs England, 1st Test: Virat Kohli and boys are unhappy with team management; here is why


The Indian cricket team management announced on Tuesday that India’s only warm-up match before the crucial five-Test series against England was cut down from four-day to three-day game.

The warm-up match, which India will play against Essex, was initially scheduled to be played from Wednesday to Saturday. However, now, the match will be played only from Wednesday to Friday because the management thinks the Indian team should reach Birmingham early and train for the opening Test.

However, according to reports, the Indian team is unhappy with this sudden decision and they still think they need that one extra day of the warm-up match.

Earlier, Indian captain Kohli said that "it doesn't matter if he doesn't score runs as long as India wins" but England pace spearhead James Anderson countered that saying the Indian captain has to be lying if he stated that his individual form won't be a factor in the upcoming five-Test series starting August 1.

"It doesn't matter if he gets runs or not? I think he is telling lies there," Anderson said in jest when asked about Kohli's statement during an exclusive chat with PTI.

In 2014, Kohli had struggled to get going and managed only 134 runs in five Tests in England, one of his worst Test performances. It is a blot on his stellar career to this day, even though he scored 655 runs in five Tests against England in the home series (2016-17) to lead his side to a 4-0 win.

At the beginning of the ongoing tour, Kohli had laughed off queries about his form, stating that he intends to enjoy his time here rather than obsess over his individual form as long as the team does well.

"For India to win here, of course it matters. Virat will be desperate to score runs for his team, as you would expect from the captain and one of the best players in the world," Anderson said.

The 35-year-old pacer has an outstanding record against Kohli, having dismissed him four times in six innings during the 2014 tour. Overall, in Tests, Anderson has dismissed Kohli five times going back to 2012. However, Anderson struggled during the 2016 tour of India with modest returns of four wickets in three Tests.

(With PTI inputs)

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