Australia’s ace paceman Pat Cummins considers Indian captain Virat Kohli to be the big wicket for them in the upcoming series. Cummins feels keeping Kohli quiet in the series will be the key to success for the hosts. There is no doubt that Kohli is India’s best batsman across the formats and he is going to play a major role.
However, Kohli will miss the last three Test matches of the forthcoming Border-Gavaskar trophy as he will head back to India to be with his wife for the birth of his first child.
On the other hand, Virat Kohli had scored 282 runs in four Test matches at an average of 40.29 on the previous tour of Australia. Kohli has an impressive record while playing against Australia as he has amassed 1604 runs in 19 Test matches at an average of 48.60.
Cummins added that there are always one or two batsmen of the opposition which are the big players and they hold the key.
“I think every side has that one or two batters and they are the big wickets. Most teams have their captain — Joe Root for England, Kane Williamson for New Zealand. You feel like if you get their wickets that goes a long way in winning the game,” Cummins told ‘Fox Cricket’.
“He (Kohli) is always a big one. You commentators talk about him non-stop, so hopefully, we can keep him quiet,” he added.
Kohli is a massive player and he will look to be at his best in the forthcoming series against Australia. The Indian captain is known to bring his best against Australia and it would be interesting to note his form in the upcoming series.
On the other hand, the World No. 1 Test bowler Pat Cummins feels he has improved his skills in the last couple of years.
“I was probably a bit quicker a few years ago but I feel like in the last couple of years I got better, learning different tempos within the game and also when I am bowling. I feel I got a bit more control on swing and seam,” Cummins said.
The first ODI between Australia and India will take place at the SCG on November 27 whereas the opening T20I will be played at Manuka Oval, Canberra on December 4. The four-match Test series will begin from December 17 at Adelaide Oval.