Virat Kohli: England are an explosive T20 side

Virat Kohli
India's captain Virat Kohli celebrates
©REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Captain of the Indian team and the IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, Virat Kohli believes that England have come a long way as far as their T20 prowess is concerned.

The 2015 World Cup acted as a wake-up call for the English limited overs cricket as the side failed to qualify for the knock-out stage. The aftermath saw the team lose their Managing Director and Head Coach.

The chief criticism of the team was for their conservative approach towards the game. Many believed that it was not the players who were at fault but the manner in which they approached the shorter format that had led to their downfall.

Now, almost 3 years back, England have to be credit to have redeemed themselves. Had it not been for the 4 sixes off Ben Stokes in the final over, the Eoin Morgan-led side almost won the 2016 T20 World Cup. Moreover, the setup looks completely overhauled with young and explosive talent coming in.

In the ongoing IPL 2018, as many as 12 England internationals feature in the league.

RCB skipper Virat Kohli recently threw some weight behind the proposition that the current crop of English players are a vastly improved lot when it comes to ODIs and T20s. Kohli said, "I think it is because of how they (England cricketers) play their T20 cricket. The last couple of years, right from the T20 World Cup, they have been an explosive T20 side. People are sharpening their skills according to the format, and these are some of the best T20 players in the world right now. So you get picked in the IPL."

Two of the English players in Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali are part of the RCB setup and the skipper talked highly of their work ethics and what they bring to the overall scheme of things.

"They are top guys. They are really optimistic and are helpful for the RCB team culture. It is good to have good people around," Kohli further said.

For the latest IPL coverage of News, Previews, Match Reports, Team Analysis and Videos

© Cricket World 2018