Virat Kohli Plays a Deadly Bouncer from Mohammed Shami
Virat Kohli Plays a Deadly Bouncer from Mohammed Shami
WATCH: Virat Kohli Plays a Deadly Bouncer from Mohammed Shami
05 December, 2018, 16:28
Making light of the obsession surrounding him ahead of the AustraliaTest series, IndiaskipperVirat Kohli on Wednesday said every batsman in the side has the ability to win games single handedly and the hoopla around him is something he can not do anything about.
This is only the second time since Kohli took over captaincy full time, and first time away from home, that India are starting a series with just four bowlers in their XI.
"Last time both of us really enjoyed that partnership at the MCG".
"I was able to focus on my game, I still attacked but I was completely the opposite to Virat". As an individual you have to understand that everyone's role is completely different.
"This is a team sport. and it is the job of each and every batsman to contribute for the team".
Pundits have nonetheless backed Kohli's side to do what no other Asian team has done and win a test series in Australia, though for that to happen the skipper will need his team mates to chip in with more runs than they did in series defeats in South Africa and England.
"People will criticise or appreciate, but for us it matters to stay together in hard times". He reads the batsmen really well.
Since that series, in which he averaged a career-low 9.20, Kohli has scored 1834 runs at 73.36 in 16 Tests. Such has been the show the seamers put up in South Africa and England, matching the hosts' quicker bowlers wicket for wicket.
"I love coming on in the graveyard shift, 70 to 80 overs when the ball's doing nothing and trying to sneak in a wicket".
"Not necessarily crossing the line but just get into their heads, which you expect from any side in the world".
Kohli has fought fire with fire in previous battles with Australia, rowing over all manner of subjects and essentially alleging a year ago that Australia were systematically cheating when it came to the Decision Review System (DRS). I thought I did well. Young Archie Schiller has been added to the Oz squad for the Adelaide Test match.
"Sledging, I don't know", Pujara said. But, the Men In Blue bowlers looked in good rhythm as they bowled their heart out.
He added that the fitness of their three-pronged pace attack, also consisting of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, will probably determine the course of this series.
"With Smith and Warner not being there the pressure of winning will be that much more on Kohli".
Australia could give a debut to in-form opener Marcus Harris, likely to partner Aaron Finch at the top of the order with Usman Khawaja appearing to be sufficiently recovered from knee surgery to come in at number three. "They know how the wicket behaves and it is all about intent as batsmen".
With the world´s number one Test nation awaiting them in Adelaide in the first of four Tests from Thursday, Paine said it was time to start looking forward.
Star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will be flanked by pacemen Mohammed Shami, Ishant Shama and Jasprit Bumrah in India's attack. You can not just sit around in the dressing room and keep thinking.
"Kookaburra ball, after 30-35 overs, is relatively easy to bat against". During the four-day game, In Test cricket you get the extra day where the wicket can potentially break up. "You have to have that intent", he signed off.
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