Former Australian wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist expects India captain Virat Kohli to do an encore of the 2014-15 Test series, but at the same time feels that others too will have to rally around to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
“Going ahead into the Test series, I expect Virat Kohli will have another imperious outing like he did in 2014 (694 runs in 4 Tests at average 86.50). I have spoken with him these last few days, seen his confidence, and seeing the way he batted in Sydney, I will be very surprised if he doesn’t,” Gilchrist was quoted as saying by news agency PTI during an interview.
“The key for India winning this series though will be batsmen around him. Will they support him enough to allow India to get enough runs, and give their good bowling attack enough opportunity to defend or even bowl Australia twice in a Test?” the swashbuckling batsman added.
On whether Virat Kohli could be stopped by the Aussies, Adam Gilchrist pointed out the ‘patience’ factor. ”I don’t think I will be able to pinpoint a plan because I don’t know. At best, Australia will have to be patient. They will have to play good old-fashioned Test cricket. Their best hope is to make early inroads in the Indian batting and bowl at Kohli with the new ball,” Gilchrist felt.
The first of the four Test matches will kick off at the Adelaide Oval on December 6 and along with India’s talismanic skipper, the others in team must get acquainted with the pace and bounce of the wickets if they want to win the Test series. The last time, despite Kohli’s hundreds in both innings, India lost the Test match with none other matching the skills of the current skipper.
India have somehow drawn the T20I series 1-1. After losing the opener in Brisbane, India levelled the series in the third and final T20I in Sydney on Sunday. The second match in Melbourne was washed out.