Regardless of the match conditions, Virat Kohli is usually one of the talking points in a Team India encounter. That’s his stature. On Sunday, though, Kohli was chastised rather than applauded for his performance during the India-England Test at Edgbaston. Former cricketers criticized Kohli’s on-field dispute with Jonny Bairstow before the latter century. But it was the incessant criticism of Kohli’s batting that bothered England’s great Graeme Swann. Despite a quick start, Kohli was undone by a brilliant delivery from England captain Ben Stokes, and the criticism came out in force once again.

Kohli hasn’t struck an international century in 953 days. Kohli last hit the three-figure milestone against Bangladesh in the memorable Pink Ball Test in Kolkata. On Sunday, Kohli seemed to be in good form until getting removed for 20 from 40 by an unplayable delivery from Stokes that nicked the outside edge and was finished by an alert Joe Root after the ball popped out of wicketkeeper Sam Billings’ hands. Swann conceded to Sony Sports that Indian pundits are sometimes harsh on Kohli, calling the delivery “unplayable” and the catch “fortunate.”

“You can say whatever you want. I don’t care who is batting at the time, if you can survive that delivery, you are very, very fortunate.” That is not a game. “In the end, it’s a fortuitous grab,” Swann remarked. “Regardless, if you want to go on the front foot, that ball is a ripsnorter.” From an English perspective, whenever Indian critics discuss Virat, I frequently think to myself, ‘wow, they are rather tough on him.’ “Even though Virat’s standards are so high, I think he was extremely at ease today,” he continued.