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Virat Kohli’s India are ‘formidable’ and will not be ‘bullied’, warns former England captain Nasser Hussain


Joe Root’s England are set to face India in a four-match Test series (Picture: Getty)

Nasser Hussain has warned England that Virat Kohli’s India are ‘formidable’ and will not be ‘bullied’ during the upcoming Test series.

England, fresh from their 2-0 series win in Sri Lanka, are set to travel to India on Wednesday ahead of the four-match series against Kohli’s side, which begins next Friday.

A depleted India overcame the odds to secure a fantastic 2-1 victory in Australia earlier in the month and Hussain says this was further proof that the team will not be ‘bullied’.

Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravi Ashwin, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami were all absent for at least one of the Tests against Australia but the tourists nevertheless stunned Australia and clinched one of the greatest away Test victories in history.

Hussain told Sky Sports: ‘Any side that can go to Australia, go 1-0 down after being bowled out for 36, lose Kohli because he’s going home on paternity leave, lose your bowling attack and still come back and win after some of the stuff that went on off the field in Australia, they won’t be bullied.

‘They are a tough side. I think Kohli has instilled that. Make no mistake, at home, they are a formidable outfit.’

Root was named Player of the Series following England’s whitewash victory in Sri Lanka. He scored a brilliant double century in the opening Test and an equally impressed 186 in the second.

Former captain Hussain hailed Root’s performances with the bat and also for helping England become a ‘likeable’ team.

‘It’s not that important when it comes to wins and losses because everyone is judged by that, but actually, it’s a likeable team. It is a team that plays the right way,’ Hussain added.

‘It is a team that when they win, they go off and clap their lone supporter. It is a team whose captain rings that lone supporter up.

‘It is a team that when they give interviews – whether it be Dan Lawrence or Dom Sibley – they are very honest, honest in a good way and honest in a bad way, like Stuart Broad last summer: “I think I should be playing”.

‘I know it’s not always important, but a team will follow a captain in so many ways – Joe Root is a likeable, thoroughly decent, hasn’t got a selfish bone in his body, sort of lad. He’s a great ambassador for our game, he’s a great ambassador for English cricket.

‘We will knock him when they lose, but that is captaincy. We’ve been there. When you’re winning, everyone sings highly about you, and when you lose, you get knocked.

‘One thing shouldn’t be in doubt, that Joe Root is a great ambassador for our game, and is a very fine captain in that regard.’

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