King Kohli eyes crowning glory in Australia

Florence Fletcher
December 4, 2018

"We definitely want to win the series, but one test match at a time".

Asked how will Australia counter India'a ace batsman, Waugh said, "He is a great player and loves the big moment, a bit like Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara. If you can't beat an Australia without Smith and Warner then who you will beat?"

Steve Waugh has called India's four-Test tour of Australia a significant chance for the visitors to win their first Test series in the country and reckoned it will be a "really close" affair.

Ponting also provided a game plan for how he would look to counter Kohli, encouraging the Australians to play on his ego by cutting off the boundaries and making run-scoring as hard as possible with tight lines.

The match doesn't have first-class status, as per India's request, and it's generally foolish to read too much into any tour game but Kohli won't be thrilled with the output of his pacemen.

Kohli's wicket also falls more often to deliveries that deviate more due to seam rather than swing.

"[It's] sad that it happened the first time he came out on the field", Ashwin said.

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India's plans of dominating Australia in the upcoming summer test series have hit a potential stumbling block, with rising star Prithvi Shaw carried from the field on Friday with a serious ankle injury.

But it is the five-day format that Kohli and India are looking to conquer, with India never having won a series in Australia in more than 70 years of trying.

"What we are focused on is to play good cricket and to win the Test series here".

Kohli is confident that now is the time to buck that trend.

As for the competition provided by the inclusion of Marcus Harris and Peter Handscomb, alongside five of the batsmen who turned out in the UAE against Pakistan, Head predicted plenty of willing contests in the nets, not least when Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins are charging in. "We got enough practice and we did what we wanted".

Kohli led his team's batting in the 2014 series in Australia, amassing 692 runs in four matches despite India losing 2-0. "We know he's a good player, I've seen it first-hand at Bengaluru. And I think it's important that we get those long partnerships together, in Australia that will really help us a lot".

The cricket-mad youngster has a long-term heart condition, and has undergone 13 surgeries so far, the first of them an open-heart procedure when he was just three months old. Cricviz figures show Kohli averages 46.28 against full deliveries compared to 66.33 against good length balls and 69.33 when facing short-pitched bowling.

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