Aaron Finch, who played under Virat Kohli in IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore expects a measured and balanced approach from the Australian bowlers consisting of likes of pacers Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc and spinner Nathan Lyon while mentioning that if they try and get under the skin of Virat Kohli, the move may backfire.
Virat Kohli though will play only the first test and will head home after it is concluded thereby missing the last 3 tests to attend the birth of a first child.
Aaron Finch: Virat Kohli Can Be Ruthless On An Opposition
Aaron Finch is not a part of Australia’s Test squad, but the limited-overs captain has cautioned the bowlers to not try and rile up India captain Virat Kohli who gets more energetic which reflects in his batting if provoked by the opposition.
“I think there will be times when things boil over and when you have got strong characters on either team that’s going to come to a head at some point,” Finch was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.
“(But) there is a fine balance there, isn’t there? You don’t want him (Kohli) to get up and about in the contest. When he does, he can be ruthless on an opposition.”
In the past too, every time Australia have tried to provoke Virat Kohli, the India captain has responded splendidly as he scored four centuries during the tension-filled Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2014/15 where he notched up 692 runs averaging 86.5 with as many as 4 tons.
Aaron Finch: Virat Kohli As A Person Is Bit More Relaxed On The Field And Was Relaxed And Confident In IPL 2020
Virat Kohli himself has said that he loves it when someone tries to provoke him since it motivates him to go even stronger. Aaron Finch though has observed Virat Kohli’s changing his approach nowadays believing the India skipper has gotten a lot calmer than earlier.
“I think the change is in the way he goes about it now. I think as a person he is probably a bit more relaxed out on the field and understands the tempo of the game. What really surprised me was how, he obviously does a lot of planning and preparation himself, and into the opposition, but he never focused more on the opposition than his own team,” Finch said.
In fact, the change is so drastic that Aaron Finch, who spent a lot of time with Virat Kohli in the IPL 2020, playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore that the Australian captain finds it surprising to see Virat Kohli being so level-headed in the things he does and the approach he has towards his game.
“At Bangalore, he was always confident in the XI players that were picked and knew that if you played well, you had every chance of winning. I was really surprised by how confident he was in everyone, he had a lot of time for everyone. He was great around the group, a lot more relaxed. I had never played with him, I had only played against him,” he said.
“We have had some great series where he has been on another level as a player but he has been right up and about in terms of being very vocal out in the middle. It was great to see that (relaxed) side of him.”
Virat Kohli who achieved great success in tests as he is India’s most successful Test skipper doesn’t have a great record in IPL where under him, Royal Challengers Bangalore are yet to win a trophy.