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Adelaide is favorite ground away from home: Virat Kohli

07 December, 2018, 02:51 | Author: Rachael Silva
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Pujara is the only batsman who can hold his head high in that dressing room. The match can be seen live on the Sony Network and live streaming will be available on SonyLiv. India had misplaced their first two encounters however they returned to salvage a draw within the ultimate two clashes.

With so much focus on Kohli, it's easy to forget the man batting above him averages nearly 50 in Test cricket. Kohli is just everywhere. The king is coming, ' it said. The last time he was on Australian shores for a Test tour, he clobbered 692 runs at an excellent average of 86.

All-rounder and vice-captain Mitchell Marsh will offer another pace option to relieve Lyon and the fast bowlers should he be selected, but with a batting average of only 26.08, he may need runs to keep his spot.

India and Australia will kick-start their Test campaign from December 6 at the Adelaide Oval. Even as the crescendo has built, India have gone about their business as calmly as is possible.

It's a formline that dictates he is the key man in the Indian batting order.

He's only been given out lbw or bowled 14 times, but the timing of those wickets deliver an important clue. In normal circumstances, the very same Australian media would be out targeting Kohli & co, trying to play mind games against the visitors. "This is where my first class career started a few years ago, a great place to play cricket". It would have been about Kohli v Steve Smith, like it was in 2014 and even in 2017 in India.


He didn't hide that Adelaide is his favourite ground outside India. They toured England and South Africa, and it was only Virat who stood out. "We know he's good enough to be a genuine all-rounder at test level". "The quicks are going to have to bowl a bit more and we have full faith that Nathan Lyon can do the job in any conditions". Australia haven't won a series in any format since the sandpaper-gate, barring the one-off T20I against UAE. Let's face it - if they can't do it this time, it might be a case of Never Never for Indian cricket for eternity.

Former captain Michael Clarke lamented that Australia would not win a game without re-embracing their anger. Virat at the other end was really aggressive and going after bowlers. India's batting let them down against England, where they lost 1-4.

"A lot of the other batsmen haven't scored too numerous runs". M Vijay will be under pressure making a comeback.

File image of Ajinkya Rahane. Yes they will miss Smith and Warner but I don't think they are vulnerable.

For the 30-year-old Pujara, the looming Test series is a chance to rectify one blot on his impressive cricketing resume. "Our bowlers know what they have to do", he said. An improved performance from the star spinner could go a long way towards India retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. How this one pans out, on both counts, will be interesting to watch.

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