Virat Kohli is the name that the cricket world and crowds look up to, but after he came back from his shoulder injury, his IPL season didn’t go off well. Neither did he contribute much with bat nor did his team went through well.
Last season, Virat single-handedly took his team to playoffs but this time they have been the first one to leave the tournament.
But the New Zealand star pacer, Tim Southee voiced his support to Virat Kohli. He thinks that the Indian skipper will bounce better in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 starting just after the IPL from June 1st.
“He is a class player. There’s a reason why they are such good players and they don’t stay out of form for too long. I’m sure he’s working extremely hard with such a big tournament round the corner,” Southee said.
“I’m sure he will adjust to the conditions. There’s a reason why he is the best batsman in the world. He will step up as the Indian captain as well,” said the Mumbai Indians pacer at a promotional programme where Amul partnered with the New Zealand cricket team.
New Zealand is in group A in Champions Trophy along with the host nation, England, Bangladesh and Australia.
“I don’t think any group is easy, that’s the beauty of Champions Trophy which is played among top eight teams in the world. There’s no easy game, that makes Champions Trophy such a great tournament to be a part of. Any side can beat the other on a given day. It’s an exciting tournament,” Southee said.
Though most players have already left the ongoing IPL season to join the camp in England for practising in England and Wales, Southee thinks this t20 format will help them to get momentum in the 50 over format.
“As bowlers we always try to find ways to deceive the batsmen with slow balls, going over and round the wickets. It’s about trying to sharpen those skills. There’s room to use the skills of Twenty20 in one-day cricket.”
According to Southee, England pitch no more surprises with pace and is not only a paradise for bowlers but batting too will give an extra cut to the teams.
“If you look at the history of ODIs in the last couple of years, it’s been some very high-scoring games in England. The wickets have improved especially in shorter formats. There’s a plenty of high scores. It should be exciting, hopefully, there will be plenty of wickets and some great amount of runs as well. There are pretty good batting wickets in England as well.”
When asked o pick his favourite, he said:
“It’s a matter of who’s playing the better cricket. It will be a challenge to move from the Twenty20 to the longer format. The guys here are exposed to some good cricket so the transition will be relatively easy.At this time in England, the wickets will turn. It will be relatively good for swing and seam bowling as well. There are eight quality sides, they have experience in all conditions, have the quality in them to produce quality cricket irrespective of the conditions.”