Moeen Ali confident of dismissing Virat Kohli: The English all-rounder majorly wrote about playing against his RCB teammates on Sunday.
England all-rounder Moeen Ali believes that the pressure of being the “hosts” won’t affect his team in their next 2019 Cricket World Cup match against India. The 32-year old cricketer iterated that India will be under more pressure than them due to expectations from back home.
“The pressure of being the home side shouldn’t be a factor. Our next opponent, India, are a good reminder of this because we don’t have to deal with nearly the same amount of expectation as they do.
“They are superstars back home. Win and they are showered with praise, lose and they are on the receiving end of harsh criticism. And they aren’t able to lead everyday lives when they’re not playing because of the attention they receive,” Ali wrote in his column for The Guardian.
Moeen Ali confident of dismissing Virat Kohli
The off-spinner in him oozed confidence with respect to getting opposition captain Virat Kohli out. Having played under Kohli at Royal Challengers Bangalore for two seasons of the Indian Premier League now, Ali opined regarding Kohli’s wicket “meaning a lot”.
“We [me and Kohli] have known each other since our under-19 days but over the past couple of years, at Royal Challengers Bangalore, we have become good friends. Virat [Kohli] knows he’s there to score runs for India, while I’m there to get him out [or score some myself]. It means a lot to get a player like him out but you can be still be friends trying to do it,” Ali further wrote.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 27, 2019
Aware about the threat possessed by the Indian spinners, Ali penned down the role of another of his RCB teammate in leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. Ali highlighted doing the same last year during India’s tour of England.
“He’s [Chahal] also a great guy and very funny. Overcoming his spin pairing with Kuldeep Yadav will be important on Sunday. We managed this last year during the ODI series win and the key will be to have the right mindset again,” Ali added.