Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Hosts India will lock horns with England in the upcoming Test series in India starting January 25. Team India’s star batsman Virat Kohli is expected to play a huge role in determining the result of the series.

Taking the wicket of Kohli will be key for the visitors to have any kind of impact in the game. As per former England spinner Monty Panesar, England cricketers should sledge Kohli and try to ‘mentally pinch’ him to get his wicket quickly.

In a recent interview, Panesar said that England bowlers need to play with Kohli’s ego and sledge him on the lines of India being ‘chokers’ when it comes to international competitions.

“Play with Kohli’s ego and get psychologically stuck into him. They should also say things to him like, you guys are chokers when it comes to the final. They should sledge him on those lines because Stokes has won the ODI and T20 WC and Kohli has not and that is going to mentally pinch him,” said Panesar.

Moreover, the former England spinner picked veteran fast bowler James Anderson for his ability to produce the reverse-swing and trouble Kohli the most during the series.