Virat Kohli in action for India national cricket team© BCCI
Former head coach of the Indian cricket team Ravi Shastri believes that Virat Kohli loves to play against Australia and if the star batsman can cross the 20-run mark, he could win a big prize in the World Testing Championship (WTC) final at the Oval “. Kohli was instrumental in getting India to retain the Border-Gavascar trophy against Australia earlier this year, and he also ended his Test century drought. At the 2021-23 World Testing Championship, Kohli currently has 869 multi-ton runs.
“Virat Kohli will wake up differently if the match is against Australia, he will smell the coffee much earlier if it is Australia, so if he starts, gets to 20, then we will have some fun,” Shastri said.
Kohli has previously said that his motivation to excel increases when he plays against Australia due to their competitiveness and high level of skill.
Ahead of India’s ICC World Testing Championship final against Australia at The Oval on June 7, Virat was interviewed by Star Sports in which he said, “The Australian team is a very competitive team and if you give them even a small window, they will come. are very hard on you and take advantage of you. Their skill set is really high. That’s why my motivation increases even more and I had to take my game to the next level against them. I have to get up and improve my game against Australia to beat them.”
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.
(with ANII inputs)
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