Is Virat Kohli's wicket Australia's key to success against India?
First Published 20, Nov 2020, 6:50 PM
Virat Kohli is rated as the best batsman in the world. He would once again be leading India in the upcoming tour of Australia, across formats. However, he would be back in India after the opening Test, ahead of the birth of his first child with Bollywood wife, Anushka Sharma.
The name Virat Kohli sounds big in itself, as he is currently the world's best batsman, across formats. As India tour Australia from November 27, it would be interesting to see how the renowned skipper leads the side Down Under, and most importantly, how well does he perform.
Being the world's best batsman, dismissing him is a unique achievement for any bowler. However, would dismissing him in Australia be enough for the host bowlers?
Australian pacer Pat Cummins feels that Kohli's wicket could possibly be the key to the Aussie's success. "I think every side has that one or two batters and they are the big wickets. Most teams have their captain -- Joe Root for England, Kane Williamson for New Zealand. You feel like if you get their wickets that goes a long way in winning the game. He (Kohli) is always a big one. You commentators talk about him non-stop, so hopefully, we can keep him quiet," he was quoted as saying to Fox Cricket.
Cummins, who is coming off a great sting for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the just-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL), feels that the current quarantine in the bio-bubble would not be much of a factor of mental fatigue. "It's good to be back here in Sydney. Obviously, we are locked down, but we are let out for a couple of hours a day," Cummins said.
"We've been in the middle of it (cricket in bio-secure bubbles) for three or four months now, so we're starting to get used to it. But, it will be weird we get out Thursday night and then, we will go and join the boys at a hotel, but there's a good chance we won't see them until we literally turn up to the SCG on Friday," added Cummins.
Cummins also expressed his satisfaction at the preparation level for the hosts. "It's going to be huge. Obviously, we're back here on home soil. Other than spending a lot of times in hotels and bubbles, I feel like our preparation has actually been really good," he reckoned.
"We went over to the UK and had a good tour there. Most of the boys here have been playing 14 T20 matches in the last few weeks and the other guys coming in will be playing shrewd cricket. So, it feels like we are all firing up and got a lot of stuff behind us," added Cummins.
Cummins also spoke on how he has evolved as a bowler. "I was probably a bit quicker a few years ago, but I feel like, in the last couple of years, I got better, learning different tempos within the game and also when I am bowling. I feel I got a bit more control on swing and seam. Whatever conditions we come up with, I have got a couple of tools I can go to," he concluded.