Published: March 1, 2020 3:17:16 pm
Forcing a world-class batsman like Virat Kohli make errors after piling strain on him was extraordinarily satisfying, senior New Zealand pacer Trent Boult stated on Sunday after his facet took management of the second Test right here.
Boult had figures of three for 12 as India had been decreased to 90 for six of their second innings for an general lead of 97 runs on the finish of the second day.
The hosts have efficiently stored the damaging Kohli quiet all through the Test sequence, because the India skipper failed to attain even 20 runs within the 4 accomplished innings.
“He (Kohli) is one of the best players in the world, no doubt about that,” Boult stated, when requested concerning the secret of retaining Kohli under examine.
He stated his crew’s technique was to put strain on Kohli by limiting the boundary balls.
“Obviously, he is a big player for them and we just tried to put enough pressure on him, keep him quiet and soak up those boundary balls, and it was nice to see him make a few errors. We were lucky to get two that lined up and hit him on the pads nicely and it was a good feeling to see the back of him.”
Boult additionally appeared sympathetic with the Indian batting line-up’s woes towards shifting deliveries.
“Probably, they are used to playing on low and slow pitches in India and it took time for them to get adjusted. Just like if I bowl in India, it will be foreign conditions for me,” Boult stated.
The 30-year-old stated that circumstances had been beneficial for seam bowling and he didn’t thoughts that the ball moved round by and thru, which resulted in 16 wickets falling on the second day.
“Sixteen wickets, I am not sure if that’s up there with a record in Test cricket in terms of day two but the bowlers obviously pitched the ball up nicely and got rewards. Seeing the ball move around like it did, I feel we are in a decent position,” he stated.
He stated it augurs effectively for the crew that the complete bowling division was contributing.
“We are all enjoying hunting out there as a pack, getting the ball to move around. I think the bowling unit is very clear about how they are trying to target the opposition.”
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