The last time West Indies had taken on India in an ODI series, Virat Kohli had turned out to be the difference like he usually does. India played a three-match ODI series in West Indies right after the World Cup and won it 2-0 after the first game was washed out. Virat Kohli scored century in both the remaining games to lead India’s charge.
In home conditions, it will be tougher to stop the world number one ODI batsman as West Indies gear up to take on India once again. Both the teams will play three ODIs and as many T20Is this month. The series will start with the first T20I on Friday in Hyderabad. And ahead of the series, it looks like West Indies have realised they would not be able to stop Kohli from scoring more hundreds.
Phil Simmons’ strategy for Virat Kohli:
West Indies coach Phil Simmons spoke on his team’s plans for stopping Virat Kohli. The former Ireland and Afghanistan coach admitted that it will be a tough task for the bowlers to get the India skipper out in the series. Just like the other teams, West Indies have also seemingly run out of ideas to dismiss Kohli as Simmons said the best strategy would be to let Kohli have a century and bowl at the rest of the batsmen.
To make Kohli bat with a stump instead of a regular willow is another way to get him out, said the coach. Two bowlers bowling at Kohli at the same time was just another idea that came in Simmons’ mind for dismissing the star batsman.
“One, I can make him (Kohli) bat with a stump. Two, we can sign a book and in the ODIs, we can give him a 100 and bowl at the rest of the players or we can make sure that our plans to him are spot on,” said Simmons.
“We can make sure that the bowlers don’t get too scared of him. But in the end, may be two can bowl at him at the same time. You never know what can happen but it’s a difficult proposition to get Virat Kohli out,” he added.