INDvsAUS: Just ahead of the crucial India vs Australia first Test (it is a four-Test series) to be played from tomorrow in Pune, an aggressive Team India captain Virat Kohli said he is extremely confident.
Just ahead of the crucial India vs Australia first Test (it is a four-Test series) to be played from tomorrow in Pune, an aggressive Team India captain Virat Kohli said he is extremely confident going into the new series against one of the best sides in the world and exuded confidence about getting a great result for the cricket crazy fans in India. He has a reason to be so confident. After all Kohli is coming off a hot streak against a number of top opposition teams – India is on an unbeaten 19-match unbeaten streak! India beat New Zealand 3-0, England 4-0 and Bangladesh 1-0 in Test series held in 2016-17. Even though they were home series, the fact that these were such emphatic triumphs, puts India’s morale on a very high plane and that will translate into a very aggressive and confident display against the Aussies.
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Virat Kohli, who never minces his words whether it is during his times of triumphs or tribulations, indicated exactly how he sees the series panning out by succinctly saying, “We are in good space, not bothered about the opposition.” Kohli is also one who does not let jibes and taunts go unanswered. He took on the carpets today with his in-your-face attitude and snapped, “People wanted me to be 35-year-old mature guy when I was 22. I’ve gone through my gradual process.” As far as his own form was concerned, Kohli said there was no concern at all about his batting. he said, “I am confident about where my game stands.” However, he did not make any comment about how he views his performance about his captaincy. He also did not reveal exactly what he had in mind about Team India’s strategy against the Australians. On top of his mind, of course, would be the spectacular form of opening batsman David Warner and also of Steve Smith, who has always done well in India.
That Kohli is gung-ho about his own personal form is also quite understandable. He has scored as many as 1457 runs at an average of over 80 in the last 13 Tests. While that may concern Australia, what they would be really worried about is the cracking form of Ravichandran Ashwin who has wreaked havoc on the opposition with his sensational bowling over the last year or so. The batting form of Cheteshwar Pujara
India: Virat Kohli (c), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Karun Nair, Jayant Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund, Hardik Pandya.
Australia: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Ashton Agar, Jackson Bird, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Stephen O’Keefe, Matthew Renshaw, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade.