Australia vs India 2018: Virat Kohli is Ian Chappell of Indian Cricket – Gary Cosier
Former Australia batsman, Gary Cosier brings out the similarity between Indian skipper, Virat Kohli and Aussie great, Ian Chappell. Though the tradition broke this time, else Cosier would have made it to the Gabba for the first Test. As of now, both India and Australia would square off in Adelaide for the first of the four Tests, which begins on Thursday.
Gary Cosier, who featured in the 1977/78 series against the Indians, feels unfortunate to not watch Virat Kohli play in Brisbane. Moreover, the 65-year-old cricketer played for three states, Victoria, South Australia, and Queensland in the 1970s. Meanwhile, his first-class career ended with Victoria after figuring in 18 Tests for Australia from 1975-76 to 1978-79.
Cosier loves watching Kohli play
However, the former right-hander mockingly said he wants to see Virat Kohli getting out. Contrastingly, Gary applauds Kohli by saying he is a good cricketer and also a genius batsman. Also, Gary Coiser adviced Australia to be extremely cautious about troubling Kohli, as he could turn things at any point in time.
“All of them! I would like to see the captain Virat Kohli get out (laughs). He can really play cricket. Kohli is my favourite… he’s a genius of a batsman. He has the ability to turn it on anytime. We would have to bowl extremely well to contain him. With the ball coming on to the bat, he is the Steve Smith we don’t have,” when asked which Indian batsman he is looking to watch, Gary Coiser replied.
He’s (Virat) fantastic – Gary
Furthermore, the cricketer-turned psychotherapist said Australia needs to get Virat Kohli early. However, if they can do that, it means they have done half of their job to win the series. In addition to, Gary Cosier compared the 29-year-old with Ian Chappell.
“Sure, if you get the captain out of sorts with the bat, then you are half way to winning the series, but I am not sure they are going to do it because Kohli is a fantastic cricketer. He is the Ian Chappell of Indian cricket. Kohli is always up in the field; always ready for a contest, revels in the contest.” Cosier added.
Meanwhile, the Adelaide Test will begin on Thursday (December 6th).