Former Australian cricketer Greg Chappell believes the Oval’s conditions will suit star Indian striker Virat Kohli as the Indian team prepares to face Australia in the 2023 World Testing Cup final. In less than three days, India will take part in the second consecutive World Tennis Championship. the final. Last time after a tough battle, they missed the opportunity to lift the title against New Zealand. Last time, former Indian skipper Virat Kohli came close but failed to live up to his standards, succumbing to Kyle Jamieson’s aggressive bowling style. He hit 57 in both innings at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, England.
However, this time he will try to make a difference in a different time, in a different place, and in a new form.
This time the match will be played at the Oval in London and according to Chappell, conditions could play in Kohli’s favor due to the inability of the Australian bowlers to use conditions similar to the English bowlers and he would score runs for his team.
Speaking backstage at Boria’s Revsportz show, Chappell said: “Virat Kohli was asked a lot of questions in England in 2014 and 2021 by Anderson, Broad and the rest of the English bowlers. They showed him some great lines and lengths. in the conditions that suited them. They knew he was the best and cheered up by bowling with him. To think or say that the Australians can do the same from the ball alone is not correct. The English know their conditions better than anyone anywhere else in the world. And Virat loves to play against the Australians. We saw it in Australia. His record shows how good he is. He loves competition and never backs down from it.”
“The oval, based on all my experience, will bounce and it will fit Virat. You told me that the weather has been dry so far. England as you will ever get. And that will suit Virat. I think that if he is mentally turned on, as I told you earlier in the conversation, he will run for India. He is a very good player and someone who can make a significant difference.”
The former Australian cricketer also spoke about Rohit’s form and whether his IPL form could affect his performance in the WTC.
Even though Rohit performed slightly better in IPL 2023 than in IPL 2023. He scored 332 points compared to 268 points in IPL 2022.
However, the main issue with Rohit’s play that garnered attention was his inability to turn his opportunities into a bigger score.
In many cases, the Indian skipper could time the ball well, find gaps, but could not register a strong hit.
However, Chappell believes that his IPL form should not affect his performance in the WTC, it’s all about how Rohit feels.
“Regarding Rohit, yes, I totally agree that the IPL is different. Weather, conditions, format, everything else. And it’s not about what you, me or anyone else think about its shape. It’s all about how Rohit feels. .Does he have any doubts about himself? Or does he feel good about going out there and hitting? If he is in a good zone when he comes out, there is no doubt that he will hit well. Yes, good bowlers will ask him questions about bowling good balls, but this is no different for Rohit compared to any other batter. If he’s in good shape, IPL form won’t matter in this Test match,” added Chappell.
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