Virat Kohli is the captain of the number one test side in the world. However, the numbers don’t tell the full story. He has had to face two overseas series losses against England and South Africa, both of which, India could have turned it around. Kohli is set to lead this young Indian team in another important series when India takes on Australia in the Border-Gavaskar trophy down under, starting on December 6th. Kohli is optimistic for a positive result down under.
In the series against England, it was the English Lower order that took the game and the series away from India. India had the match in their grasp on more than two occasions but it was just not meant to be. A special mention of Sam Curran needs to be done as he played a crucial role in leading the lower-middle order counter attack. Captain Kohli wants the Indian lower order to learn from Sam Curran and Co. and try and implement it when they take on Aussies down under.
“Yes, especially the lower order I would say. Because we still understand that at the top it can get difficult where guys are bowling a good spell and so it is really tough. It is relatively easier for the middle order, but again the lower-order contribution will be crucial as we saw in England. Their lower order contribution was much better than ours and that made the difference in the series. That is where we want the guys to be fearless,” Kohli said a press conference before leaving for Australia.
Many pundits are of the opinion that this is the best chance for the Indian team to win a test series in Australia as the hosts are going through a lean phase at the moment, without the presence of their two Stalwarts, David Warner and Steve Smith. The last time India returned without losing a test series in Australia was back in 2003-4 when they tied the series 1-1 after taking the lead.
Being the captain of the number one test side in the world is never easy. People will expect the number one side to be the best touring side in the world as well. However having said that, this Indian team has it in them to become the number one touring side in the world and this Australian trip might just be the start of something great.