As India gets set to begin their final rehearsal ahead of the World Cup in the limited overs series against Australia, Men-in-Blue skipper Virat Kohli will aim to register his name in the books of records once again. When India take to the field against the Aussies on Sunday in Visakhapatnam, Kohli will be on the verge of attaining what can be described as imminent and impressive records.
The talismanic batsman has so far registered five half-centuries against Australian cricket team – joint-most alongside Kusal Perera in the T20I format against any opposition. Which implies that one more half century would make him the batsman to have the most fifties against a single team in the twenty-over format.
Kohli has had quite a commendable record against the Aussies – He has knocked 488 runs in 13 T20I innings at an average of 61 and it includes five half-centuries. He runs against Australia is the most by a batsman against any opposition with New Zealand’s Martin Guptill sitting on the second place. in what will be an imminent record, Kohli will become the first-ever batsman to score 500 runs in T20I against a single opposition.
Ahead of the fixture, the Indian captain spoke to the presser where he expressed his concern over a lengthy IPL schedule: “As a cricketer, you have to map out how many practice sessions you really need (during the IPL). If you are hitting the ball well, there is no need to go to a practice session and tire yourself out when you can utilise that particular phase to rest and recover even more. If your team is a great position in the tournament, you wouldn’t mind taking two-three games off so it all depends on how you feel physically. Everyone has to be really honest about it to themselves and not push beyond a limit. That might hamper the Indian team later on. I think we all need to take responsibility for this,” he said in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, M.S. Dhoni, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Sidharth Kaul, Mayank Markande
Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), D’Arcy Short, Pat Cummins, Alex Carey, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa.