Virat Kohli will be leading India in one of the toughest away tours and looking forward to winning a Test series in Australia. India will start as favorites in the four-match series which begins on 4 December 2018 in Adelaide.
India had their only practice game against Cricket Australia XI at Sydney Cricket ground in which six Indian batsmen hit half-centuries. Murali Vijay scored an exceptional century in the second innings. India's bowling didn't go according to their plan and had to bowl 151 overs before they managed to wrap up CA XI first innings.
Virat Kohli also scored a half-century in the first innings, and Indian captain looked well set for another century before the teenager Aaron Hardie dismissed him. However, the Test match in Adelaide may see Kohli achieving another milestone in Test cricket. He may go past the Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar in the number of centuries scored in Australia.
Kohli needs one more century to equal the number with Sachin who had scored six centuries in Australia in 20 test matches with the highest score of 241. Sachin scored an overall 1809 runs in Australia at an average 53.21.
Kohli had phenomenal outings in Adelaide where he has scored three centuries in four innings. He hit 394 runs at an average of 98.5 and highest score of 141 in the Oval. He must be eyeing to equal or go past Sachin when he steps out to bat again in one of his favorite grounds in Australia. Considering his form in the last away tour in England, Kohli may be targetting another successful series with the bat in Australia.
Kohli scored just 20 runs in the only match he played in Brisbane and never scored a century in WACA ground. Incidentally, India is not playing any test match this time in Brisbane and the new stadium will hold the test match in Perth. He averages above 55 in SCG and MCG where India will play third and fourth test matches. He scored his highest test score of 169 in Melbourne Cricket Ground where he played two test matches and hit 234 in total.Published 02 Dec 2018, 12:08 IST