Indian captain Virat Kohli smashed 655 runs in the recently concluded Test Series against England and sent some tremors into spines of Australians, by the look of things, as the Australian captain Steven Smith, who is busy making notes on how to get rid of Virat’s purple patch when his side will tour India for four Tests in February next year.
Australia is currently playing Pakistan in the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne and Smith seem not to care much about it. The skipper however has mentioned that the Aussies would need to unsettle Virat Kohli emotionally in order to bid for an unexpected series win over them.
Keeping an eye on his competitor’s record, Smith admits Virat’s technique of finding gaps would be the last thing he would do on the field as a captain. The right-handed batsman also accepted that Virat is in the best form of his life and believes that Indian team at home would as hard to beat as anyone.
“He is a world-class player and he has, obviously, led the Indian team incredibly well over the last 18 months or so. They have won a lot of games in that time and I think they have played a lot of cricket at home in that time as well. I think he has improved a lot body-language wise. He is a very emotional character out on the field but I think he has improved a lot there.”
Steven Smith didn’t shy away from disclosing his tactics either, saying unsettling the emotional Virat might just work in their way. Taking a dig at the Indian skipper, Smith further said that getting rid off Virat early on would make the hosts more vulnerable in the end.
“I guess for us as a team it’s trying to get him out of the strong emotional state and try and make him, I guess, a little bit angry and ruffle his feathers and things like that. I think if you can get him in that state then the Indian team can possibly be a little bit vulnerable.”
Smith, while speaking on his side’s chances of hatching some good results in India, said the series would be tough for sure and they will be going in as the underdogs.
“We, obviously, go there in February and, no doubt, it’s going to be an incredibly difficult tour – going to India always is. Four Tests there, it’s a great opportunity for this team where we are, obviously, going to be the underdogs going there, he concluded.
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