Ahead of the ICC World Testing Championship between Australia and India at The Oval, the Australian stars were tasked with describing Star India player Virat Kohli in a few words. India and Australia will face each other in the WTC Final at The Oval from June 7th. This will be India’s second consecutive final in the tournament after 2021. “What do Australians think of Virat Kohli #WTC23 #cricket #cricketreels,” the ICC posted on Instagram. Australian skipper Pat Cummins described Virat as “a good player. Always ready to fight.” Star slugger Steve Smith, who is also one of the Fab Four stars of the modern era along with Virat, Kane Williamson and Joe Root, called the slugger a “superstar”.
He loves to play against us. He always scores against us, hopefully we can silence him this week,” added Smith.
Newcomer David Warner described Virat as a player who plays “incredibly cover drive”.
Marnus Laboushagn, one of the most promising hitters in the game, is also a big fan of Virat.
“One of the greatest of all time. Magnificent in all formats. Hopefully not this week (laughs),” he added.
Generalist Cameron Green said that Virat is the “Man of India”.
Pacer Mitchell Stark called Virat “a capable backbone of the Indian middle rank.”
Virat really enjoys playing against Australia. In 24 Tests against Australia, he scored 1979 runs with an average of 48.26, with eight tons and five fifties. His best score is 186. In all formats against Australia, Virat played 92 matches in which he scored 4945 points on an average of 50.97. His best score is 186. He scored 16 centuries and 24 fifties against the Australians.
Given his form, he will no doubt be a key player in the WTC Finals for India.
After a 2021 and first half of 2022 that went against Virat’s mammoth standards, the star slugger began his arc of redemption with the 2022 Asian Cup. Prior to the tournament, Virat took more than a month off from the sport. He won his highly anticipated 71st century in the tournament after over three years.
He finished the tournament as the second scorer. He scored 276 runs in five games, averaging 92.00 in five games, with a century and two fifties.
Later that year at the ICC T20 World Cup 2022, Virat achieved the best of his life by scoring 82* against Pakistan in a tight run chase at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He finished the tournament as top scorer with 296 runs in six games for a 98.67 average and a scoring ratio of 136.41.
He scored four fifties with a best score of 82*. Kohli started 2023 with a centenary ODI against Sri Lanka. He continued his brilliant performances in major competitions, becoming India’s second highest scoring and top scoring player in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia. In four matches, he scored 297 runs with an average of 49.50 and a best of 186.
Virat had a great 2023 IPL season, in 14 IPL 2023 games he scored 639 runs with an average of 53.25 and a shooting percentage above 139. This season he scored two centuries and six fifties with a best score of 101*. He is currently the third highest scorer in the league.
In international cricket in 2022, he scored 724 runs in 13 matches, 15 innings at an average of 51.71. He scored three centuries and a half centuries, with a best score of 186.
Since his return to the sport at the 2022 Asian Cup, Virat has scored 1,596 runs in 38 innings, with five centuries and eight fifties. His runs averaged 53.20.
India Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, K.S. Bharat (week), Ravicandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Aksar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Jaidev Unadkat, Ishan Kishan (week).
Ruthuraj Gaikwad, Mukesh Kumar and Suryakumar Yadav were named as reserve players for the high stakes match.
Australia Team: Pat Cummins (c), Scott Boland, Alex Carey (n), Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis (n), Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labushan, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Todd Murphy . , Matthew Renshaw, Steve Smith (VC), Mitchell Stark, David Warner.
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