Virat Kohli has been in stupendous form recently and these former cricketers have chalked out a strategy that could put a break on his consistent spree.
The T20I series between the men in blue and the Aussies’ saw the spoil sport played by rain. One of the 3 matches played could not go into any of the side’s favour while the remaining two games were shared by each of the teams. The series may have ended in a draw but there are many more cricket to be seen in the next two months.
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli sparkled with his willow yet again to play a responsible innings and took his team over the line in the final T20I. His effortless execution of shots all around the ground with perfection not only astounded the fans but also the Aussies’ in particular. Delivering on a fast and bouncy pitch like those in Australia speaks volumes about a cricketer as one needs to have some special strategy to emerge successful.
Virat’s innings has issued a clear warning to the opposition about the surging form he is in and that he would not rest until he has bagged the trophy home.
Looking at both the teams, the Australian side lack the services of many old and experienced players such as Smith and Warner and look wayward. On the contrary, the Indian side is well balanced with a perfect blend of youngsters and matured players with ample exposure to international cricket. Team India will therefore therefore looking forward to seize this opportunity and win the series for the first time down under.
Meanwhile two former Australian cricketers, Brad Hodge and Damien Fleming expressed concern over the present state of Australian cricket and the surging form of Virat. Both Hodge and Fleming were all praises for the Indian skipper and termed it difficult for the current Australian team to create chances with him continuing unscathed.
Hodge said that on flat pitches that are batsman friendly, it’s just difficult to hinder the progress of the run machine and that the bowlers should develop a strategy to dismiss him early. During the talk, he also disclosed a strategy he had devised to stop Kohli. He advised the bowlers to bowl a bouncer and follow it up with a couple of Yorkers to delay his time to get set on the crease.
He extended this version of his strategy to bowling the balls away from the body and placing brilliant fielders in the gulley so as to take him down as early as possible in case anything goes wrong by Kohli.
“Oh, Virat Kohli, what a player he is. Australia is going to struggle if the pitch is flat. I think he is really in a monster Witch I reckon. He is punishing the bowlers in such a way. We should come up with some different plans. I think we should bowl one bouncer and then follow it up with the yorker. Mostly, T20I lines would help the bowlers.”
Apart from this, Hodge asked the bowlers to come up with other fruitful and useful strategies to combat the Virat led men in blue and stop them from creating new records.
“Maybe bowling wide of him and having the fine catchers at Gulley. Virat Kohli has got a great average and knows every bit of batting in Australia conditions. So, I feel Australia should come with a new plan by bowling different lengths rather than restricting to certain lengths.”
Although Hodge’s strategy wouldn’t be a bad choice to work on, yet it would be highly thrilling so as to see how things pan out in the upcoming matches planned according to the schedule.