Former Australian fast bowler, Jason Gillespie, has reckoned that Indian skipper and charismatic batsman, Virat Kohli, does not have any specific technical weakness and that the home side will have to bowl really well to dismiss him.
Virat Kohli has been a perennial nemesis for Australia across all three formats in the past, having scored a plethora of hundreds against their bowling group.
Gillespie feels that the Australian bowlers will need to be patient besides hoping they can bowl those good deliveries at Virat.
The Australians do want to take Virat’s wicket cheaply. He doesn’t seem to be having any weaknesses in particular. So, the Aussie bowlers not only need to be really ruthless when it comes to their line and length, but they will also have to stay nice and patient, that is going to be really important. They would be hoping they can bowl those good deliveries at Virat,” Jason Gillespie told The Telegraph.
‘If he does bat for a long time, India will surely go on to get a huge score’- Jason Gillespie on Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli will feature in just one Test this summer. The Indian skipper will head come home after participating in the Pink ball Test at the Adelaide Oval in order to be with his pregnant wife and Bollywood star, Anushka Sharma.
But Gillespie believes that if Virat Kohli manages to stay on the crease for a long period of time at this favorite venue away from home- Adelaide Oval- then it will really put the Australians on the backfoot.
“We know what a wonderful player Virat is. Australians do want to watch him bat but not for too long. Because if he does bat for a long time, India will surely go on to get a huge score,” Gillespie said.
The former Australian pacer also lauded the likes of Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, adding that the duo with their varied skillsets will provide different challenges to the likes of Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne.
“Bumrah has shown he’s one of the best in the world at present, while Shami has improved so much. His release of the ball is wonderful, he keeps the seam upright and gives it a chance to seam and swing. So, both pose very different challenges for Smith and Labuschagne,” Gillespie said.
The four-match Test series between Australia and India will kickstart from December 17 at the Adelaide Oval.