View from India: Virat Kohli needs to be angry not grumpy to lead fightback

The captain has now presided over four successive Test losses but he will lead from the front as hosts look to level series against England

Virat Kohli was grumpy after India’s heavy defeat to England in the first Test, the captain’s brow furrowed as he leaned into the camera for the post-match press conference on Zoom.

India’s captain thought the pitch in Chennai was too flat on the first two days, when England – and Joe Root in particular – batted as though it was a timeless Test. Kohli felt that the seam of the SG ball, talked up beforehand as being new and improved, was “destroyed” in 60 overs. And he was annoyed that Shahbaz Nadeem and Washington Sundar had leaked runs, offering scant support to Ravichandran Ashwin and denying him the control that every captain craves.

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