The Aussies are infamous for throwing verbal volleys at the opposition
This time They’ve gone following India’s best player – Virat Kohli
The allegations levelled against the Indian captain have had an effect on him
Emotional disintegration, getting under the skin of their opposition or as we like to call it ‘sledging’, the Australian cricket team has ever turned into the age-old tactic whenever things have not gone their way around and off the cricket field. The Aussies are infamous for throwing verbal volleys at the opposition in an attempt to decode them up farther under stress.
The continuing Border-Gavaskar series was no different and now the Aussies have gone after the best player in the team with full pressure – Virat Kohli. Despite being cautioned by previous and present cricketers, Australia have gone following Kohli and luckily for them, it has worked so far. ()
Former Australia participant Michael Hussey had cautioned them against sledging Kohli, however Steve Smith’s team went for it and the sport paid off. The outcome – Kohli includes totalled just 46 runs in five innings with scores of 0, 13, 12, 15 and 6 at 3 Tests.
Before this show, Kohli averaged over 75 in Test cricket last year and became the only person to slam double countless four successive series. The 28-year-old gathered 1457 conducts in 13 matches this year, including the four Tests in the West Indies, and it was considered he would continue his successful run against the Aussies but to everybody’s surprise that hasn’t occurred so far.
Kohli was going through a similar stage in the three-Test show against South Africa in 2015 using scores of under 30 in the first 2 games. But he also came up with two excellent knocks (44 and 88) in the last Test on his home ground in Delhi since India whitewashed the Proteas 3-0.
The show in the West Indies last year saw Kohli hit his maiden double hundred in the first Test at North Sound but listed a string of poor scores in the remaining portion of the show and in the first two Tests against New Zealand. However, he came back with a bang and scored his second double hundred in the third game in Indore and has not looked back since then. (Not certain Virat Kohli knows how to spell ‘sorry’: Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland)
Kohli’s third double century in the Mumbai Test against England in December watched his Test average sore over 50 (for first time) which left him the only batsman in international championships to average over 50 in all 3 formats. He started the new year with his fourth double hundred in the one sided Test against Bangladesh in Hyderabad but then started the slip.
Australia’s game strategy against Kohli has been quite simple – goal him outside the off-stump together with the routine but cautious dose of sledging. Kohli had the worst period in England in 2014 when James Anderson and Stuart Broad maintained getting out him caught-behind using outswingers and the same ploy was adopted by the Aussies. (Virat Kohli a Fantastic pioneer, Team India completely supports him : Cheteshwar Pujara)
Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood got out him captured the same way from Pune and Ranchi respectivley while off-spinners Nathan Lyon and Steve O’Keefe tricked him using their twist and bounce once each.
Luckily for the Indian team, the other players have stepped up using Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul, Murali Vijay and Wriddhiman Saha every playing a key function when Kohli failed. However, with the series-decider to be played in Dharamsala from Saturday and also Kohli’s reputation of being a big-match participant, the Indian captain will be seeking to overcome the demons within his mind and end the home with a bang.