TV Ratings Will Go Down If Virat Kohli Doesn’t do well: Graeme Swann

Written by Abhishek Patil

Veteran England spinner Graeme Swanntalked about the new fearless batting approach of India. Swann said that India have to continue with the same approach and if they don’t there are chances that a team like Australia will hammer them in the T20 World Cup.

“I think it’s (ultra-attacking approach) the right way to go for every team. If India don’t do that, they will get hammered by other teams who do it. In 2015 World Cup England were still playing with the conservative approach in 50-over cricket, whereas other teams in the tournament, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia went the ultra-attacking route. They absolutely crush everyone in that tournament. England went away from there and started embracing the same fearless approach in the ODI format and it worked. I don’t think they have done the same in T20 yet. They are slightly holding themselves back, I hope India go all guns blazing because they need that against teams like Australia and Pakistan,” Swann told News18 Cricketnext on the sidelines of Legends League Cricket 2022.

Swann also talked about how the form of India’s Virat Kohli impacts the TV ratings as he wants the batting maverick, who recently returned to form, to do well with the bat in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

“India need Virat Kohli to fire. I’ve worked for the TV side and I know there is a desperate need for Virat Kohli to do well as it was with MS Dhoni. If those guys don’t do well TV ratings go down and people get disillusioned. I want Virat Kohli to do well, when I used to play against India, I never minded Virat Kohli’s batting. I liked watching him bat up close, trust me if you think you think he looks good while batting from the stands and on TV, you should stand at a backward point or cover, it’s gorgeous to watch him bat,” Swann added.

The legendary English spinner also feels that people undersold Kohli’s century against Afghanistan in Asia Cup 2022 as he said that Mohammad Nabi’s team has a quality bowling attack.

“I hope Virat just come good and it was incredible that he didn’t score a hundred for 2-3 years in international cricket because that player is amazing. People will say he scored his 71st ton against Afghanistan, that’s really bad on Afghanistan because they are a good team. They got one of the best bowling attacks, they beat Sri Lanka who went on to win the Asia Cup trophy,” he added.

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