The Indian team is on a tour of New Zealand and it has been nothing special for captain Virat Kohli. Kohli, considered the world’s best batsman, has scored just one half-century in 10 innings. With this, the team lost in Test matches for the first time after 2018. The Indian team’s problems in the second Test match may increase further as Neil Wagner is back in the Kiwi team. He is second in the Test rankings for the bowlers and could be a big threat to Indian batsmen.
Strategy against Virat Kohli?
Before the second Test, Neil Wagner has stated his plan against the Indian team. He has made it clear that Indian captain Virat Kohli is going to be his target. They plan to stop the Virat’s run and in that case, they will have a chance to pick his wicket. He said while talking to Stuff.
“Every team I play against I always try and target and go for their best players because you know what a big stride it makes within a team when you get their best players out,” Wagner told Stuff. “Drying him up, making sure they don’t score and putting a lot of pressure on him from both ends [is imperative].”
Neil Wagner and Virat Kohli have faced each other 6 times in Test matches 6 times. Virat has scored 60 runs off 108 balls and Wagner has dismissed him 3 times. Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan shared a 126-run partnership in the Auckland Test on the 2014 tour, but Wagner dismissed both batsmen to take the match away from the Indian team. The left-arm pacer said about that time.
“I think it was a stage where I was still trying to find my feet in the team and trying to find a way of getting a role and doing my role in the team,” Wagner said. “That’s one of the Test matches where it did turn. The way I bowl at the moment, that’s where it started.”
“It was an amazing Test win and something I always look back to and I think it kickstarted my career. Before that, I was going through the phase where you have quite a few ups and downs and try to find your feet.”