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Australia vs India 2018: Losing Hardik Pandya will Have an Impact – Virat Kohli

KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Koffee With Karan
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Indian skipper Virat Kohli feels losing Hardik Pandya will have a significant impact on the Indian team. However, Australia and India will play a four-match Test series commencing from December 6 in Adelaide. Meanwhile, the Indian bowling attack is now rated as the most balanced in recent times. Moreover, all-rounder, Hardik Pandya is not a part of the Test squad, as he had sustained an injury during the Asia Cup 2018 while playing against Pakistan. For now, he is recovering from a back injury, and many pundits believed Baroda all-rounder suited Australian conditions.

India will miss the service of Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya, Virat Kohli
Virat says Pandya’s absence would impact India in Tests. Image Courtesy: Getty

“Losing the all-rounder obviously has an impact. I mean every side would like to have a fast-bowling all-rounder, which we don’t have right now with Hardik (Pandya) injured. That obviously is a great luxury to have for any side,” Virat Kohli said on the eve of the first Test starting Thursday.

Moreover, Kohli said they would go with the best possible combination. The other players will have to take an extra burden of fulfilling the absence of Hardik Pandya in the XI.

“We don’t, so we have to go with a best possible combination. Again, the workload on guys who will play in the absence of an all-rounder will be high, but that is something that has already been discussed,” Virat Kohli added.

Bowlers would take up the challenge in Australia

Furthermore, Australian pitch will remain hard, full of bounce and the big grounds will test a bowlers strength. However, Virat Kohli believes his bowlers won’t treat it as adversity but a challenge.

Virat Kohli, Australia vs India 2018
Virat Kohli says the Indian bowlers would take up the challenge. Image Courtesy: Getty

“They (bowlers) should look forward to that and not think of it as a burden or something which is going to be tough. Because at the international level, things are tough. So, we will just have to embrace that and make something out of the resources that we have at present and try to put in the performances that the team expects from the players,” Kohli explained the team’s mindset.

In addition to, the Indian skipper is trying to balance his team and chalk out what are the things they need to do against the hosts. However, it will be the best opportunity for the visitors to win a series against Australia in Australia. Virat Kohli will play a crucial role, both as a batsman and a captain.

“So, we just have to figure out our game plans, as I said, adapt quickly, see how the wicket is behaving and find a way to score runs. We just don’t want to stand there and do nothing. You have got to score runs if you want to win Test matches,” Virat Kohli concluded.

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