We will bore Virat Kohli down: Josh Hazlewood on Australia's plans to counter Indian captain
Ahead of the fourth and final Test of the series against India, at Sydney, Australian speedster Josh Hazlewood has said that they will be trying to nab Virat Kohli by playing with his patience.
Kohli will be taking over as the full-time captain of the Indian Test team on Tuesday following the retirement of MS Dhoni. The 26-year-old has had a great time with the bat in this series, aggregating a total of 499 runs at an average of 83.16 with three centuries to his name.
Hazlewood, when asked about the home team’s plans against Kohli, said: “He likes to score runs and score them pretty freely. If we can tie him down for long periods then we'll hopefully get a rash shot. He's performed very well in Adelaide and Melbourne and scored a lot of runs.”
Bore Kohli down
Kohli has been involved in a few verbal altercations with the Australians and has gone on to say that he doesn’t have any respect for those who don’t hold him in high regards. The 23-year-old right-arm pacer indicated that the team would be trying to make use of the Indian No. 4’s aggressive attitude towards them and play with his selfdom.
Hazlewood said: "He's a key wicket for us and I think if we can attack and get him early, everyone else follows suit a bit.
"We'll try to come up with something for Virat, and I think it's just a case of being boring, as bad as it sounds, just try to bore him down and keep him on strike, keep the dots flowing, build that pressure and hopefully he'll crack.”