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Virat Kohli has made this Indian team a tough unit : Nasser Hussain

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Former England skipper Nasser Hussain has hailed Virat Kohli’s fighting attitude and further asserted that it is the Delhi boy who has instilled a sense of fighting spirit in the Indian team.

India were down and out after the Adelaide KO, easily the lowest point of their cricketing history, but the way they made a comeback after losing Virat Kohli to paternity leave was outstanding.

India were ravaged by injuries to key players but they never took the challenge in a defensive manner, going all-out for that win – a series thus will be remembered for ages.

Even though Virat Kohli was not playing the last three Tests after returning to India for the birth of his first child, he was hailed from many corners for making this Indian team a tough unit, and thus former England skipper Nasser Hussain stated that credit should go to Delhite.

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“Any side that can go to Australia, go 1-0 down after being bowled out for 36, lose Kohli because he’s going home on paternity leave, lose your bowling attack and still come back and win after some of the stuff that went on off the field in Australia, they won’t be bullied,” Hussain told Sky Sports.

“They (India) are a tough side. I think Kohli has instilled that. Make no mistake, at home, they are a formidable outfit,” he added.

Hussain backs Anderson and Broad to play together in India

India have been a formidable outfit at home since the debacle of 2012 when they lost to England at home thanks to Kevin Pietersen masterclass, but after that, they have made the entire country their fortress.

India have only lost a single Test match at home in the last eight years – a testament to the fact why they are the best team in the world in the last decade.

Hence, Hussain stated that England should play their best available XI in India, and made a point to suggest that playing Anderson and Broad in the first Test in Chennai is a must.

“I think England fans have earned the right for their best team to be there that first day. If it means (Stuart) Broad and (James) Anderson playing together because it’s a bit green, worry about the Ashes down the line.”

“That’s a really good sign that they’re doing that, with harder tasks ahead. The Ashes, India home and away, New Zealand confirmed, but that is great momentum and confidence going into an iconic series which is India away,” he concluded.