India vs England 2nd Test: Virat Kohli's struggle continues as Robinson reveals English tactic against Indian captain


Fresh
from
his
maiden
five-wicket
haul
in
the
opening
Test
at
Trent
Bridge,
Robinson
removed
Kohli
(42)
who
edged
it
to
Joe
Root
at
first
slip
after
the
second
new
ball
was
taken.

“Virat
is
probably
my
biggest
wicket
to
date,
so
I
was
happy
with
that.
It
was
a
huge
moment.
The
plan
for
him
was
always
to
bowl
the
fourth-fifth
stump
line,
back
of
a
length.
Luckily
the
plan
worked,”
said
Robinson
after
stumps.

KL
Rahul
remained
unbeaten
on
127,
carrying
his
bat
from
the
first
ball
to
last,
while
his
senior
opening
partner
Rohit
Sharma
played
fluently
before
getting
out
for
83

his
best
score
in
an
away
Test

to
lead
India
to
a
commanding
276
for
three
on
day
one
after
Root
opted
to
bowl.

Robinson
credited
the
opposition
batsmen
for
their
efforts
but
also
felt
that
his
team
was
unlucky.
“There
were
probably
10-15
play-and-misses
that
I
could
count
and,
on
another
day,
we
might
have
had
them
two-three
down
early
on,”
the
27-year-old
rued.

“We
definitely
looked
at
conditions
and
thought
we
could
get
a
few
early
ones
here.
I
think
on
another
day
it
(wickets)
might
have
happened…

“I
felt
we
did
bowl
well.
We
toiled
hard
against
their
batters
and
to
be
fair,
they
played
well.
It’s
just
one
of
those
days
where
they
didn’t
nick
it
to
be
honest,”
he
said.

Thick
clouds
in
the
morning
had
delayed
the
start
of
play
as
Root
was
quick
to
opt
for
bowling
to
exploit
the
conditions,
something
that
did
not
happen.

Asked
if
the
pitch
let
them
down,
he
said:
“We
expected
the
pitch
to
be
a
little
bit
quicker,
nippier.
Obviously,
it’s
a
little
bit
slow.
The
swing
was
a
little
bit
inconsistent.
I
don’t
know
if
it
was
the
ball
or
the
overheads.
We
decided
to
go
wobble-seam
for
a
little
bit,
which
we
felt
was
a
good
plan,
but
the
wicket
was
a
little
bit
slow
for
it
and
not
as
receptive
as
we
thought
it
might
be.”

Stuart
Broad’s
absence
(calf
tear)
meant
that
Robinson
shared
the
new
ball
with
ace
paceman
James
Anderson
and
he
said
he
was
up
for
the
challenge.

“It
was
a
privilege
to
share
the
new
ball
with
Jimmy.
I’ve
shown
over
the
last
couple
of
games
that
I’m
ready
for
the
toil
when
it
comes,”
he
signed
off.



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