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"Root has a poorer conversion rate in comparison to Kohli". If you're the captain then you'll be criticised for a loss the same way as you're congratulated for a win.

"No one is invincible in world cricket". His knocks of 149 and 51 in the Edgbaston Test have propelled him to the summit of ICC Test rankings for the best batsman.

England's wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow is the other England player to improve his ranking. Joe Root's dismissal opened the floodgates and it was a one-way traffic after that. "But there is something ruthless about Kohli and he converts all those fifties into hundreds", Brearley told PTI today. "That gives us a great amount of confidence going into the rest of the series as well", he added. It couldn't have been, given that he was let-down repeatedly by his teammates who lost their wickets cheaply leaving their captain and the team adrift.

Kohli is of course in a different zone.

"I like what I see in Kohli and quite like it". He is keen, and hawk-eyed.

He said: "There were a couple of times when we made comebacks and I felt that we showed character there - but a team like England will not let you do that every day of a Test match, and we realised that on the final day".

Hailed as an astute captain of his generation, Brearley had a word of caution that Indian dressing room shouldn't be overawed by his persona.

He also feels that Virat Kohli's method of preparation can't be emulated by one and all in the Indian team. "Will that be good for him and Indian cricket in the longer run", Brearley questioned.

Gavaskar was also critical of Indian team for changing an official first-class game into a glorified practice session in the name of warm-up game with all 18 players taking part.

Brearley found some similarities between Kohli and former Australian captain Ian Chappell.

"It's possible. That was said of Ian Chappell because he was very aggressive and not short of a word or two in the batsman's ear. I do think he should take some of the responsibility for the loss, though".

The incident took place in the early hours of September 25, a few hours after England had played an ODI in the city against West Indies.

"I know he (Pujara) has struggled but I would have liked him to come in at number three, especially since he is likely to play a steady innings, blunt James Anderson and Stuart broad, and enable Kohli to come a bit later when it is not moving a lot", he observed. Watching on TV, you are sometimes left a little bemused at his bowling changes and hyperactive changes on the field.

The first Test at Edgbaston, Birmingham seemed a convenient venue to do so. But the boys in Australia just got on with it. Vijay for the past couple of years has been India's seasoned Test campaigner and is considered to be one the best batsmen in the team, while Rahane has been India's best bet in overseas conditions. It was after 2am, however, and a doorman Andrew Cunningham pointed out they did not allow entry at that time. "It is a disaster and it is the failure of the BCCI to not be able to grow Test cricket and take a chance with day-night Test cricket", said Brearley.


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