Publicado: Jue, Diciembre 06, 2018
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

King Kohli eyes crowning glory in Australia

King Kohli eyes crowning glory in Australia

"This is something I believe in 120 per cent, and even they have faith in themselves". Virat Kohli on his own can not win you matches all the time.

Travis Head sounded a warning to India ahead of the Test series citing the Aussie quicks, who have been drowned in the fervour created by India's own pace attack. No Indian side has done better in the lead-up period. However, he claimed four big wickets in Warner, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb and Glenn Maxwell in Dharamsala when Australia toured India in 2017. They toured England and South Africa, and it was only Virat who stood out.

He did not have the best of times in the Tests in UAE recently but said that he was pumped to be back home and will try his best to give Australia a winning start in the series.

But the best is saved for last as he comes charging down the wicket to the spinners, hammering huge on-drives over the bowler's head with an audible wallop.

The follow-on was enforced with India in real danger of going 2-0 down in the series before VVS Laxman (281) and Rahul Dravid (180) knuckled down in a memorable and gritty 376-run stand for the fifth wicket as India made 657 for 7 before declaring.

The off-spinner's performances helped his side nullify India skipper Virat Kohli, who has gone on to new heights since he was humbled at home against the Australians last February. The others, including the ever reliable Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Murali Vijay had a horrendous time. "So one man's show is not likely to win you a series overseas", veteran sports journalist Ayaz Memon said.

Justifiably perhaps, the focus is on Kohli yet again, with the series set to begin on Thursday.

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Of Kohli's 116 dismissals in Test cricket, three bowlers sit at the top of his tree with five each. Since 2015, the trio have picked up 77, 68 and 23 wickets at averages of 25.12, 27.36 and 24.65. The tall, young and lanky bowler made Ponting jump around in a hostile spell, before overpowering then Australian captain into submission. "That was the key a year ago, the partnerships". They are looking forward to this challenge, they don't want to be in a situation where we are looking for ideal bowling conditions or ideal batting conditions.

"I am feeling very confident the way the ball is coming out, doing a lot work and will do the same leading into this Test", Lyon told The Advertiser.

Memon said that Australia are weakened by the absence of top stars Steve Smith and David Warner, but that may also make Kohli's task harder.

Rahane said Australia deserved favouritism entering the first Test due to their bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon.

The outcry reflected just how important the pitch is to players, fans and administrators who have invested time - and lots of money - to watch a dramatic contest.Despite the enormous pressure, the curators are focused on the root of their jobs - nurturing the plants and trying to get the best out of them every time.

The big fish, though, is Kohli.

It's been a busy camp for Justin Langer.

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