Former Australian wicket keeper batsman – Adam Gilchirst has hailed India’s skipper Virat Kohli for his persistence and unmatchable form with the bat to play yet another important role in the forthcoming Test series versus Australia. But the former World Cup winner feels that India will only have a chance if the remaining of the batsmen provides substantial support their skipper on the crease.
“Going ahead into the Test series, I expect Virat Kohli will have another imperious outing like he did in 2014. I have spoken with him, these last few days, seeing his confidence and seen the way he batted at Sydney. I’ll be very surprised if he doesn’t. The key for India winning the series though will be the batsmen around him. Will they support him enough to allow India to give enough runs, and give their good enough bowling attack enough opportunity to defend or even bowl Australia out twice in a test?” said Gilly.
The 46 year old has also suggested that the Australian bowlers need not focus on just Kohli alone, and should look to go for the blow with the remaining of India’s star studded batting line-up, but has insisted to make Kohli face the new ball as quick as possible.
“I don’t think I will be able to pinpoint a plan because I don’t know. At best Australia will have to be patient. They will have to play the good old-fashioned Test cricket. Their best hope is to make early inroads in the Indian batting and bowl at Kohli with the new ball,” he added.
He further said, “Of course, they have to attack all batsmen and not just him, especially when they are new to the crease. But they also need to know when to go defensive and play the patience game against him for long hours.”
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