Kohli hints at Bhuvneshwar-Bumrah playing regularly: Kohli has said that it would be difficult for others to step in till the World Cup.
Indian captain Virat Kohli was wax lyrical about India’s premier pacer-duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah. Speaking on the eve of the first T20I between Australia and India at Brisbane, Kohli spoke highly about his bowlers, stating them as ‘thinking’ bowlers.
“Both of them have been outstanding [and] the reason why both of them have been good is because they’re thinking bowlers – they understand the situation and get a gut feel of what a batsman is looking to do before they’re going to bowl. And the ability to kind of predict what’s going to happen on each ball is what keeps them a step ahead of the batsmen most of the time,” Kohli was quoted.
The 30-year old cricketer acknowledged the fact that even a successful pair like Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah can have an off-day here or there. At the same time, Kohli also termed ‘execution’ as their strength at crucial intervals.
“Sometimes they will get dominated like everyone does, but I think 85-90% of the times they’re spot on and that’s because they’re always looking at how the game is going, how the batsmen are batting, what areas they’re hitting, and what are the balls they need to execute in difficult situations. So I think that’s been their strength,” Kohli said.
Kohli further hinted at the current lot of Indian pacers being all but final for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, saying that it would be ‘difficult’ for the others to step in.
“Any captain would love to have both of them in their squad. I’ve obviously been very lucky to have both of them bowling so well for the team and giving us those breakthroughs as well and in difficult situation at the death coming and executing what we want them to.
“And from now on obviously it is going to be much more difficult for others to step in unless there’s any sort of workload issue because till the World Cup we want our XI that’s going to play together to play as long as possible and together in as many number of games because there’s not many left,” Kohli added.
Before signing-off, Kohli showed awareness about Australia being a ‘world-class’ side at home. Laying emphasis at not taking anything for ‘granted’, Kohli said the Indian team is focusing at winning matches.
“There’s no denying the quality they have in their side. They still have world class cricketers. Obviously missing out on two of the best batsmen is not the ideal thing for any team but even then they have guys, especially in limited-overs game, who can do damage at any given point of time and you can never underestimate any side and we’ve come here to compete against Australia and definitely we’ll not take anything for granted regardless of any kind of situation that’s present. Our focus as a team is to play good quality cricket and win games of cricket,” he concluded.
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on Kohli below:
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 20, 2018
Had a little sit down with this legend today. Thoughtful, insightful, awesome self belief and simply a pleasure to spend time with. Thanks virat.kohli I owe you dinner! Interview coming… https://t.co/5en9A6mwO0
— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) November 19, 2018
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 20, 2018
— CricketNDTV (@CricketNDTV) November 20, 2018