Star India batter Virat Kohli said on Monday that his motivation to succeed increases when he plays against Australia due to their competitiveness and high skill level. Ahead of India’s ICC World Testing World Cup 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.
Virat said conditions at The Oval in the final would be tough. “We’re not going to get a flat wicket and batters have to be careful. We need more attention and need to adapt to the situation and conditions. We will need more attention and discipline in batting,” added Virat.
Batter said that in England it is important how you choose the ball to attack, and this is the most difficult part of the game.
“The hardest part about the glue and swing conditions in England is choosing the ball to hit, defend or go. It is important to play with solid technique. Balance is very important when hitting,” said Virat.
Virat said “adaptability is key” during the WTC Finals.
“Whichever team can adjust and adapt to the conditions, the field will win the match,” added Virat.
Virat also talked about the India-Australia rivalry, which is one of the fiercest in the sport, whether the game is played in India, Australia or no man’s land.
Batter said that after India won a two-test series against Australia in their own backyard, the rivalry turned into respect.
“In the beginning, the rivalry was between India and Australia. But after we won a two-test series in Australia, the rivalry turned into respect. Now when you play against Australia, you see the respect that they (India) beat us back to back in the Tests,” said Virat.
India and Australia face off in 106 tests. India have won 32 matches, Australia have won 44, while 29 matches have ended in draws and one draw. With India’s two Test series wins in Australia over the past few years and their dominance at home over the Aussies, India’s record has improved over the past few years.
Of the 16 series of Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia from 1996 to 1997, India won 10 series and Australia won five, one of which ended in a draw.
Australia finished top of the WTC table with 11 wins, three losses and five draws from 19 matches, while India finished second with 10 wins, five losses and three draws.
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