Virat Kohli’s men landed to Australia as favorites this time though the team never won a test series on Australian soil. Most of the experts felt that it is the best time for India to clinch their maiden test series. Some Australian experts wrote that Kohli’s men won half the battle by ending the T20I series as a draw and the practice match as a draw.
Though Indians lost the test series against England and Australia, Virat Kohli scored huge numbers in both the series with his excellent form and surpassed one of Sachin Tendulkar’s records in the international cricket. Australian veteran cricketer Ricky Ponting said that they have their own strategies to counter Virat Kohli with the likes of Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazelwood.
In his previous test tour, Virat Kohli amassed 692 runs at an average of 86 against Australia. During Australia’s visit to India, the visitors managed to control him for just 46 runs from a four test series. Ponting said that observing English bowler James Anderson and his methods to stop Virat Kohli is the best example for the Australian bowlers.
He said to the press that “The first thing I’d be doing is going back and looking at how anyone has stopped him in the past,”
“Who has had the most success against Virat Kohli and why? The first one that comes to mind is someone like a James Anderson, who’s probably had the most success against him. From what I’ve watched over the years, he seems to trouble him the most.”
Cutting off boundaries earlier in the innings and not giving him runs should be the next step. “If the ball is not moving, he’s going to be really hard to get out. With someone like him who likes to score freely, he’s obviously got a big ego but there are other things you can do. You can put a few fielders out (on the boundary) early on, don’t let him get any boundaries. Maybe don’t go as aggressive at him early on. Try to bowl lots of tight, consistent stuff.
Tightening the slip cordon, especially the third slip will also sow seeds of doubts in the mind of Kohli’s who averages 54.57 in Test cricket.
“He likes to run the ball down to third man a lot as well, so maybe just play around with some guys in different areas which might just get inside his head as to what we’re trying to do. Bring your third (slip) or your floating slip up a little tighter because he tends to play with soft hands and run the ball down there.
“Just so he’s got to think about it and show that we’re ready and prepared for what he can do. I think there are little things that might just get inside his mind,” he concluded.