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Not sure if there is a weakness in Virat Kohli: Mark Butcher

By Rashmi Nanda -
With the help of Indian captain Virat Kohli's 15th One-Day International century, India fightback in the game and wrap up the first ODI by winning the match by three wickets to spare vs England in Pune on Sunday. 

In his match-winning innings, Kohli smashed 122 runs off just 105 deliveries with eight boundaries and five sixes as his match-saving knock guide India to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.

Pune game was the first match for Kohli as a full-time captain of the Indian limited-overs team as well it was his 15th century in a winning chase, which means he has now snatched a record from Sachin Tendulkar. in achieving such a feet, Kohli equaled Master Blaster’s world record of 17 centuries in run chases. 

However, Cricket Icon took 232 innings to set the record, while Indian skipper has done it in just 96 innings.

Mark Butcher, the former English cricketer explains how England bowlers are able to try to stop the Indian skipper from repeating his Pune exploits in Cuttack.

Butcher told espncricinfo.com about his idea against Kohli, "The question that will be on the lips of all the England players and supporters right now is how to stop Virat Kohli? He's now made 17 ODI centuries in run chases equaling Sachin Tendulkar's record in less than half the amount of matches. The man at the moment is very much unstoppable but I suppose for England and Eoin Morgan win the toss and your chasing would be a very good start.

After seeing Kohli’s current form Mark is not sure that the English bowlers will stop him. He further stated on this, "Other than that in terms of his form I'm not entirely sure there is a weakness there particularly on pitches at home and particularly given that England do not possess high-quality spinners or real pace bowlers. Now that will be one area where I think that England might be looking to have a go at Kohli in these coming matches.”

Butcher added, "Liam Plunkett, if available, might be the man to be thrown the ball to come in and rough up the Indian captain. But without that extreme pace you're looking for him to make a mistake or perhaps even get bored but at the moments he looks as though he's going to do anything but getting bored and making huge quantities of runs against the Englishmen.”

The second ODI between India and England will be played at the Barabati stadium in Cuttack on Thursday.