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IND Vs ENG: Can Ollie Robinson Become The Answer For England In 4th Test?

The initial image of Ollie Robinson that appears on Google accurately reflects his on-field demeanor. In the photo, he is seen turning back with his index finger pressed to his lips, signaling for silence, presumably directed at a recently dismissed batsman. His expression is stern, with piercing eyes and tousled hair.

Edited By : Shashwat Nishant | Updated: Feb 23, 2024 15:55 IST
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The initial image of Ollie Robinson that appears on Google accurately reflects his on-field demeanor. In the photo, he is seen turning back with his index finger pressed to his lips, signaling for silence, presumably directed at a recently dismissed batsman. His expression is stern, with piercing eyes and tousled hair.

Known for his expressive and sometimes profanity-laden send-offs, Robinson has earned a reputation for his confrontational style of play. His memorable verbal exchange with Usman Khawaja led to criticism from Matthew Hayden, who mockingly referred to him as “124 kph nothing.” Australian broadcaster Fox Sports even labeled Robinson as the “No 1 Villain.” However, Robinson defends his approach, asserting that such behavior is commonplace in the sport and citing examples of similar actions by Australian players.

Going back to the series against India, he also made Virat Kohli channel his old West Delhi persona of his. He, though, would confess in his column later on: “I think in those big moments I sometimes forget where I am. And there’s a thousand cameras on me! I’m not normally an explicit sort of person when I get a wicket, it’s normally just a big roar, or my eyes go a bit crazy.”

Even during practice sessions, Robinson maintains his intensity, often targeting batsmen with a barrage of bouncers. His relentless energy and commitment to his craft are evident as he continuously bowls, undeterred by the rotation of batsmen. Despite pleas from England support staff, Robinson remains focused on his bowling, showcasing his dedication to improvement.

Robinson’s selection for the Ranchi Test is not just a reward for his patience but also a recognition of his skill set. Standing at 6 feet 5 inches tall, his height and release point provide a different challenge for batsmen. Unlike Mark Wood, whom he replaces, Robinson may not possess the same raw pace but compensates with discipline and the ability to generate seam movement.

His success against top batsmen like Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, and Babar Azam underscores his tactical acumen. Robinson’s dismissal of Pujara, in particular, highlights his ability to deceive batsmen with subtle variations in length and movement.

Despite facing setbacks in his career, including disciplinary issues and a ban for racist tweets, Robinson has matured as a cricketer. England hopes to harness his energy, aggression, and resilience to bolster their performance in the series. Additionally, his penchant for verbal exchanges adds an element of drama to the contest, enhancing the spectacle of the game.

Also Read: IND Vs ENG, 4th Test: Ravichandran Ashwin Joins Elite List After Special Double Vs England

First published on: Feb 23, 2024 03:51 PM IST

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