Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins has started to play mind games as he claims that Virat Kohli will not score any hundred against them. India is to tour Australia later in the year and Cummins said that they will look to knock Kohli over.
Meanwhile, Kohli had scored a truckload of runs on the previous Australian tour. The Indian captain had scored four Test centuries in the four matches of the last tour. Meanwhile, Kohli averages 53.4 in the red ball format. However, his average climbs to 62 while playing in the Australian conditions.
Kohli had a fine previous tour of Australia.
“My brave, bold prediction … I’d say I think Virat Kohli is not going to get a hundred and we’re going to knock them off over here,” Cummins said while talking to Channel Seven.
Meanwhile, former Australian legendary fast bowler Glenn McGrath wants the Aussie pacers to go on the all-out attack against Virat Kohli. There is no doubt that Kohli is India’s best batsman and if Australia can get him cheaply, they will win half of the battle.
“I want to see Australians put pressure on Kohli and just see how he handles it,” McGrath said. “It’s going to be a good, hard, tough series. Kohli has got a bit of an aggressive attitude but showed last time he was out here he’s not going to take a backward step. It’s going to be an interesting summer. If they can get on top of Kohli I think it can have a big effect on the game.”
Furthermore, McGrath believes that as Australia will not have the services of their linchpins Steven Smith and David Warner, it is going to leave to big void in the Aussie side.
“India is not a bad team, they’ve got a decent bowling attack, they’ve got some good spinners as well,” McGrath said. “With Steve Smith and Dave Warner not there it leaves a little bit of a gap. Fingers crossed it can be a good solid series with Australia just getting across the line 4-0.”
Meanwhile, Cummins added that playing in all the three formats of the game is becoming difficult for the fast bowlers. However, Cummins added that playing in different conditions also plays a role.
“I think it’s really hard. Especially for Australian bowlers it seems like our Test matches always go for basically the full five days and the bowlers are bowling lots of overs,” Cummins told ESPNcricinfo. “I think certain tours, like India last year, in some games the pace bowlers didn’t bowl heaps of overs, Bangladesh the same. I feel like the Australian summer is pretty brutal, there’s lots of pretty flat wickets, hard wickets and it’s a lot of bowling.