Ambati Rayudu, Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, Dinesh Karthik
Virat Kohli (Credits - Getty Images)

Former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie is happy that he is retired now and he doesn’t need to bowl to India’s skipper Virat Kohli. Kohli was at his usual best in the second ODI against Australia, where he just walked to another ODI hundred. This was Kohli’s 39th ODI hundred and his 24th ODI hundred while chasing a target as he continued his love affair with Adelaide Oval.

India lost the wicket of Rohit Sharma at 101 and the visitors knew that if they needed to stay alive in the series, Kohli will need to bat long. The Indian skipper did exactly what was expected of him and kept India in the game.

Virat Kohli | Yuzvendra Chahal | Australia vs India 2018-19 |
Virat Kohli. Credit: Getty Images

Kohli is the best in the business.

Jason Gillespie said he is not a big fan of making comparisons but Virat Kohli is right up there with the best.

“I don’t like making comparisons, but Virat Kohli’s right up there with the very best I’ve seen… I’m glad I’m a retired fast bowler and, so, don’t have to worry bowling to him,” Gillespie said while talking to the Telegraph.

Dizzy believes Kohli doesn’t have any glitch in his game as he lacks nothing. Kohli has a strong front foot as well as backfoot game and there is hardly any chunk in his armour.

“Virat has a solid front foot and back foot game and is very good against the spinners. Basically, he lacks nothing…

“Besides, Virat has that desire to do well,” Gillespie, now 43, added.

Jasprit Bumrah, Jason Gillespie, Indian National Cricket Team,
Jason Gillespie (Credits – Getty)

The decider of the series will take place at the massive MCG. Gillespie believes India would be favourites for the final match as they have an experienced unit.

“The result has really set up Friday’s ODI. I’d say India would begin favourites as they have a more experienced team.”

Gillespie was also part of the memorable 2001 series in which India won. The former fast bowler said he has not forgotten the epic Kolkata Test in which India won after they were enforced to follow on.

“I have neither forgotten the dramatic Test at Eden Gardens nor, for that matter, the entire series which India won,” Gillespie stated.

The third ODI will take place on January 18.

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