Northampton, Aug 5: Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly once famously said "M S Dhoni is a bit of a gambler". Now, the under-fire Indian skipper, in collusion with the Indian selection panel, will be rolling the dice again with their decision to recall Virat Kohli back into the Test fold. It is a move that reeks of desperation as the visitors gear up to counter a rampaging England in the crucial third Test at Edgbaston.
With Yuvraj Singh blatantly unable to bolster up India's frail middle-order in the tour thus far, the mantle now falls on fresh-faced Kohli. The Delhi batsman has made his bones in one-day cricket and is an indispensable cog in the IPL's Royal Challenger Bangalore machinery. But his transition into India's Test side has been well short of auspicious. In his debut series of the 5-day game which was against an ostensibly below-par West Indies last month, he notched up a poor run with 4, 15, 0, 27, 30.
Now it will be the tallest of orders for the new-comer to weather the storm stirred up by England's very potent pace attack. But the Indian management has felt coerced into testing out Kohli again and keeping their fingers crossed that the lad will hit his stride. After all, he is generally noted to be a more classical batsman than Yuvraj in terms of his batting technique. His repertoire of shots is after all, highligted by a solid forward defensive.
Another aspect of his batting that the Indian powers-that-be will be banking on, is his ability to score freely and briskly. Although such a feature has defined his one-day temperament, hopes are high that he will carry such a propensity into his Test whites as well.