Rob Key says that even Suresh Raina must wonder how he gets picked ahead of Virat Kohli. It’s not just because we mindlessly go along with everything Rob says like a mindless yes-man that we agree with him on this occasion.
There’s been a change in Kohli. He’s always looked good, but he’s been too eye-catching at times. Sometimes it was like winning a game wouldn’t be enough, he’d have to do it with spectacular sixes. Now he rattles along at a cracking pace without feeling the need to clear the ropes.
He’s solid. He seems to be happy to be second-best in partnerships, which bizarrely makes him a better batsman. Not that he was second-best today. It may only have been England in a one-day match in India, but he did the job, braving mediocre bowling and a little bit of knob-headery from some tetchy England players to register his seventh one-day international hundred.
As for England, their defeats have quickly become all too predictable. Here’s hoping for some England losses with a few more twists and turns in them. Come on boys, keep us guessing about precisely how you’re going to acquiesce to defeat.