Former Australian pacer Jason Gillespie has warned the current Australian team against ruffling Virat Kohli’s feathers in the upcoming limited-overs series explaining that Kohli is best left alone. The pacer has also acknowledged that the Indian bowling unit has an edge over the Aussie attack.
In the past, the Australians have seen a few Indian batsmen who could survive and endure their potent bowling attacks on tough pitches and also have seen people excelling at it. However, what they probably have never seen is a batsman who gave it back to them, with the bat and with his mouth as well. In the 2014-15 series against Australia, when the Australians tried to get under Kohli’s skin, the then Indian vice-captain made sure they faced an ultra-inspired Kohli as he scored runs with consummate ease. Knowing the history, Papua New Guinea coach Gillespie, who knows a thing or two about the Aussie way, warned his compatriots to stay clear of that.
“Kohli is an amazing player. Once the field spreads, he can bat safely. I don't think Australia
“Australians can't say that they are not used to the conditions. I think what has to be said is that India
Australia will miss Mitchell Starc’s pace and death bowling in the upcoming series against India owing to the pacer's thigh injury. However, the flat pitches suggest that the difference could instead lie in the quality of the respective spin attacks. So the former pacer feels that the team shouldn’t rue about his absence and it is an opportunity for the youngsters to step up to the occasion and make it count.
However, Gillespie doesn’t shy away from accepting the fact that the Indian bowling attack has the edge in the upcoming challenge for their clear cut plans and adaptability on any pitches across the country.
“The Indian attack has the edge. The Indian seamers, Shami, Yadav, Bhuvneshwar, Jasprit Bumrah, adapt well to the surfaces in India. It appears to me that they have clear plans and are embracing the challenge of bowling on flat surfaces. I'm sure the Aussies too will go in with a similar attitude and they will not think that they will be belted around. Attitude is everything with regards to bowling in Indian conditions,” he signed off.
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