India vs England: Face-off with Virat Kohli charged up Ben Stokes in Ahmedabad, says Sunil Gavaskar

Batting great Sunil Gavaskar has a piece of advice for batsmen. The former India captain said it’s advisable to not sledge or get involved in a face-off with bowlers as he referred to the incident between Virat Kohli and Ben Stokes during Day 1 of the 4th Test between India and England in Ahmedabad.

Sunil Gavaskar said Ben Stokes was charged up when he ran with the ball on Day 2 after the face-off with Virat Kohli and that the England all-rounder was waiting to bowl to Virat Kohli when the India captain walked out to bat.

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Incidentally, it was Ben Stokes who got the big wicket of Virat Kohli on Sunday. Stokes was steaming in with the relatively newer ball and got the India skipper for 0 with a well-directed bouncer. Stokes got the ball to move away as well as Kohli poked at it to hand wicketkeeper Ben Foakes an easy catch.

Stokes and his senior new-ball partner James Anderson bowled their heart out in the first session in Ahmedabad on Friday as they kept Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara quiet. Runs were difficult to come by as India were losing wickets while struggling to keep the scorers busy. In the second session, Stokes got the ball to reverse and removed Rohit for 49, hurting India further.

‘Batsmen are better advised not to get involved’

“What happened yesterday can sometimes be just the energy that you need. There was a little bit of a tussle between the both of them and I think, sometimes, batsmen are better advised not to get too involved in it. At the end of the day, they make one mistake and they are going to be back in the pavilion. As a bowler, if you make a mistake, you still have 5 deliveries. The batsman can smack you for 5 deliveries but you still have that 6th delivery. That’s not the case for the batsman,” Gavaskar told Star Sports on Friday.

“Stokes stayed away from all that. I mean, he got involved and then realised, there is no point getting frustrated or upset. That charged him. When Virat Kohli came in, not just when he was bowling, even when he was standing at the slips and Jack Leach bowled those 3-4 deliveries to Virat Kohli, he was applauding from the slips. He hadn’t done that to other batsmen.

“That was showing he was waiting to have the ball in his hand and waiting to bowl to the Indian captain.”

Notably, Virat Kohli and Ben Stokes had a go at each other after the England all-rounder was involved in a heated exchange with India pacer Mohammed Siraj who tested him with a bouncer. The umpires had to intervene but Kohli kept sledging Stokes during the all-rounder’s knock of 55 on Day 1 of the 4th and final Test.

India were in a spot of bother as they were reduced to 146 for 6 in response to England’s 1st innings total of 205. However, 50-plus stand between Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar put India back on track.

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