Former India National Cricket Team top-order batsman Wasim Jaffer is expecting Virat Kohli to smash at least one century in the upcoming ODI series against Australia National Cricket Team at home.
India and Australia are all set to play a three-match ODI series. The first ODI will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on March 17, the second ODI is set to be played at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on March 19 and the third ODI scheduled to be held at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk in Chennai on March 22.
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Speaking on ESPNcricinfo, Wasim Jaffer stated that although he is expecting one ton from Kohli, the modern-day batting great has the potential to smash two centuries.
“I would say there is no competition in one-day cricket for Virat Kohli. I expect Virat Kohli to get at least one century in this series and it might be a failure based on his standards if he doesn’t. While I anticipate one century, but he has the potential to score even two. He also likes playing against Australia and when he has form, it continues for a long time. So, fingers crossed, we get to see his centuries,” Wasim Jaffer said.
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Virat Kohli, who has scored 12809 runs in ODIs, has been in terrific form in 50-over cricket. Also, he has got a great record in ODIs against the Aussies, having scored 2083 runs at an average of 54.81, with 8 hundreds.
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Wasim Jaffer further said that Team India would like to finish the home season on a high with a dominant victory over Team Australia. He also believes that the Australia ODIs present India with a great opportunity to show everyone that they are one of the top contenders to win the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.
“They would definitely want to maintain their dominance. India would also look to finish their season on a high because IPL 2023 will start after this and all the Indian players will feature for different franchises. This is the final chance for a while for all the Indian cricketers to play together. It is also a great opportunity for India to show they are firm favourites to win the World Cup. Hence, they will want to perform strongly before the season finishes,” he said.
During the same interaction, Wasim Jaffer was questioned about what teams should do after winning the toss at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in the first ODI.
“It depends upon the heat. If it’s too much heat, it wouldn’t be a bad choice to bat first and make a big score. I reckon the track would be batting-friendly. Hence, I expect 300-plus scores, with the boundaries also not so big. We might also see totals around 320-330. If dew becomes a threat, then bowling first is advisable. Hence, a lot depends upon the weather. However, if you can make a big score while batting first, it’s not a bad option,” he responded.
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