India Vs Australia 2017 – Jason Gillespie Advises Australia Not To Poke Virat Kohli
When it boils down to an India- Australia contest, plenty is at stake, as both outfits are the absolute heavyweights in limited overs. The two teams display a sense of complete competitive spirit and determination throughout their matches, and this is what probably makes their rivalry the most intense one in recent times. The sheer will to dominate and emerge on top outweighs everything else for these two sides.
Virat Kohli is one such individual who plays to win, and the moment he steps on to that cricket field, he is there just to boss everyone else. Basing his thoughts on Kohli’s aggression and will power, former Australian pacer Jason Gillespie has warned the visitors about poking the Indian skipper.
According to Gillespie, Kohli is best when he is left alone.
“Kohli is an amazing player. Once the field spreads, he can bat safely. I don’t think Australia needs to get into a verbal battle or get into staring competitions with Kohli. The best way to put him under pressure is through disciplined bowling,” said Gillespie about the Indian captain.
“I would like to see the Aussie quicks bowl bouncers throat-high to get him on the back foot, make him thinking about it. The follow-up ball remains the key. Make him come forward inviting the drive. If there is movement off the wicket or in the air, then the edge comes into play. Maybe they can bowl on the stumps with two catchers on the on-side. It’s about getting him out of his comfort zone,” the former pacer added.
Being the confident Australian he is, Gillespie backed the visitors to win the series 3-2.
“Australians can’t say that they are not used to the conditions. I think what has to be said is that India are an amazing 50-over side. At home, India are almost unbeatable. It’s a tough ask for any side. It’s going to be a closely-fought series. I feel Australia will win 3-2,” Gillespie said.
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