Australian pacer Pat Cummins has warned Virat Kohli and Co. ahead of their 4-Test Australian summer. Cummins claims that Virat Kohli will not be able to get a single hundred. That is a big claim to make, considering Virat Kohli averages a staggering 62 in Australia and slammed four tons in the last series down under. Also Read - Brisbane Test: Rohit Sharma Has 'No Regrets' On His Dismissal vs Nathan Lyon in Fourth Test at The Gabba, Says I Will Keep Playing Such Shots
Australian pacers Cummins, Hazlewood and Starc clearly believe they will have an upper hand over the Indian captain. Also Read - Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar Pay Condolences to Hardik And Krunal Pandya After Father's Demise Due to Cardiac Arrest
Speaking at a Channel Seven function on Tuesday morning at the SCG, Cummins was asked by veteran broadcaster Bruce McAvaney for a cricket prediction ahead of a summer which will see Australia play India in four Tests. Also Read - IND vs AUS 2021: Sunil Gavaskar Slams Rohit Sharma For 'Irresponsible Shot' in Brisbane Test on Day 2, Says You're a Senior Player, There's no Excuse For This
“My brave, bold prediction … I’d say I think Virat Kohli is not going to get a hundred and we’re going to knock them off over here,” Cummins said.
Former pacer McGrath too reckoning the Australian pace battery could rattle the Indian captain who averages 53.2 in Tests.
“I want to see Australians put pressure on Kohli and just see how he handles it. It’s going to be a good, hard, tough series. Kohli has got a bit of an aggressive attitude but showed last time he was out here he’s not going to take a backward step. It’s going to be an interesting summer. The Windies of the late 70s, early 80s were an incredible team and they used to target the captain of the opposition team and get on top of him and have a big impact. I tried to bring that in by targeting players when I played. If you get on top of them, the No.1 player and their captain, it makes the job so much easier,” said McGrath.
Australia won the last series between the sides on home turf 2-0 and posted scores more than 500 in every match.
Meanwhile, the Indian cricket team is on tour of England, where Virat Kohli-led India has already won the T20I series 2-1.
(With inputs from The Sydney Morning Herald)