Ahead of the eagerly anticipated World Test Championship (WTC) final, Australian players discussed great Indian batsman Virat Kohli. From June 7 to June 11, The Oval in London will host the lone Test between the top two Test teams, Australia and India.
One of the best batters India has ever produced is Kohli. In the game’s longest format, the 34-year-old is the best Indian player currently competing. He scored 8416 runs with an 84.93 average, a 55.32 strike rate, seven double centuries, 28 hundreds, and 28 fifty-run innings.
Australian Players describe Kohli
Australian players, including Cameron Green, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Pat Cummins, and Mitchell Starc, sought to characterize the former India captain in a video released by the International Cricket Council (ICC) prior to the major competition. Kohli was referred to as “The Man of India” by the young all-rounder Green, and Smith called him a “superstar” who relishes playing Australia.
“The man of India, that he has been for quite a while, and he’s been leading the team for the last decade basically and being so successful,” said Green.
“He’s been a superstar for a long time, loves playing against Australia, often scores runs against us, but hopefully we can keep him quiet this week,” Smith said.
Former Australian opener David Warner, who hopes to conclude his Test career shortly, praised Kohli for his renowned cover drive. Usman Khawaja called Kohli “competitive,” and Labuschagne, Starc, and Cummins were among those who praised him.
“Unbelievable cover drive,” Warner said.
“One of the greats. I mean, all-format great. Hopefully, not so great this week,” No. 1 Test batter Labushchagne said.
“Very skillful. Have dominated for a long time. Backbone of the middle-order,” Starc added.
“Good player. Always seems up for a fight,” skipper Cummins concluded.
Kohli, who is preparing for the second WTC final, has a fantastic record versus Australia. In 24 Test matches, he scored 1979 runs, including eight hundreds, at an average of 48.26. The 34-year-old batsman was the leading scorer for Rohit Sharma’s team in the recent Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which India won 2-1. He scored 297 runs, including a century, at a 49.50 average.