Australia may stop playing India at Adelaide Oval because of Virat Kohli, jokes Cricket Australia official
Virat Kohli's exceptional run at the Adelaide Oval has forced the Australian cricket authorities to rethink over scheduling any game against India at the iconic venue in future. Kohli notched up his highest score of 90* in the 1st T20 International of a 3-match series on January 26. It was Kohli’s innings and his 134-run stand with Suresh Raina for the third wicket that proved to be the difference between the sides, as the visitors handed over Australia their second consecutive defeat.
Kohli was scoring for fun at Adelaide. He was at his clinical best as he smashed nine fours and two mammoth sixes en route his unbeaten knock of 90. Kohli’s heroics helped team India to post a daunting total of 188 for the Aussies to chase down.
It has been an outstanding love affair of Kohli with Adelaide Oval in the last few years. In 8 innings across formats at the Adelaide Oval, Kohli has 4 centuries and an unbeaten half-century. And in his last 4 innings, Kohli has registered 453 runs. His last four innings have been 90*, 107, 141 and 115 at the venue.
These mind-boggling stats of the stylish right-hand batsman have not only pushed Australians on back-foot but have also worried their team management. They are now contemplating of not scheduling any match against India at the venue.
Taking games out of Adelaide is an option to stop Kohli : CA official
A senior official from Cricket Australia (CA) said, “You have to give the guy the credit. I mean, we too have some amazing batsmen in our ranks but Kohli’s superiority at Adelaide is putting them all to shame.”
The official continued, “We have played all formats: Test cricket, ODIs and T20Is here in the past few years against India at Adelaide. And if you look at the number, his dominance looks supernatural, it looks freakish!”
The official added, “While we do appreciate the fact that there are only a few batsmen in international cricket today who have batted with such flair in Australia in past few years, we also have to worry about the potential threats to our national side. At this moment, Kohli looks impregnable whenever he bats at Adelaide Oval.”
The official also explained that taking games out of Adelaide is an option to stop Kohli from daunting the Australian bowling attack. The official said, “Yeah, taking the games out of Adelaide are an option. We have new venues coming up, the new stadium in Perth will need some more matches to gain international recognition and fame. We can move a few over there. As of now, our bowlers really do not seem to be having any answer to Kohli and his antics.”