Kohli advises Australian batsmen: The Indian captain put forward some tips for the Australian batsmen ahead of Ashes 2019.
India captain Virat Kohli sounded strict in his words when he suggested the Australian batsmen to drop their egos ahead of Ashes 2019. After hosting Sri Lanka for a couple of Test matches starting later this month, Australia’s next Test assignment will be The Ashes.
With their batsmen struggling for runs on their home soil, things will only be worse for them in English conditions. An unsettled playing one will make things all the more difficult for them.
Australia will be bolstered by the addition of Steven Smith and David Warner in the Test side (if the selectors include the duo) but whether they will be able to convert their paper value on the scoreboard will be difficult to answer at this point in time.
“If you go out there with an ego, you might as well not go at all. Because that Dukes ball, it buries egos pretty quickly,” Kohli was quoted as suggesting the Australian batsmen.
The 30-year old Indian cricketer, who ended his last series in England as the highest run-scorer (593 runs in five matches at an average of 59.30 and a strike rate of 57.85), was perhaps the best man to share an advice with the Australian batsmen. Kohli laid emphasis on patience and grinding things down in England to achieve success.
“You have to curb yourself down and do the hard yards. Grind it out the whole day, you have to be patient as a batsman. There’s lot of time in Test cricket. But sometimes we are so nervous as batsmen, we don’t quite realise it.
“You just want to get away quickly but in England you’re not allowed to do that. So, you have to buy your time. And you have to earn the right to score runs eventually. But you have to get into a position where you should not even look at the scoreboard to see the number of balls.
“It’s inconsequential; patience is the only thing works there and putting runs on the board again is the most important thing to win Test matches,” Kohli added.
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on Kohli below:
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 7, 2019
Q: “Is this your best achievement?”
Kohli: “By far. It has to be at the top of the pile!”
— ICC (@ICC) January 7, 2019
India will be buoyed by the fact that so many contributed to this win. Key innings from Agarwal and Rahane, top spells from Ishant and Shami, each of the three spinners, the growth of Pant, a great century from Kohli…..
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 7, 2019
Takeaways from AUS your:
1 Pujara invaluable, period
2 Bumrah the best all-format bowler by a mile
3 Pant, Mayank here to stay. Exciting times ahead
4 Vijay & KL must earn their place back
5 Proper team effort, well lead by Kohli
6. 20 million more know Kerry O Keefe #AUSvIND
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) January 7, 2019