Ahead of Australia-India series, Australian journalist calls Virat Kohli a 'sweeper'

  • Ahead of Australia-India series, Australian journalist calls Virat Kohli a 'sweeper'

Ahead of Australia-India series, Australian journalist calls Virat Kohli a 'sweeper'

"It is always tough if you miss out on selection". I have a good chance now. I went back and reflected and wanted to get back into the team. Just physically with my knee and the state it has been in. But I am back and it's a good opportunity for me.

"My training definitely changed". When asked how he dealt with his Champions Trophy snub, the bowling all-rounder said, "Anytime you're dropped, it's tough".

MSK Prasad, the chairman of Selectors was also criticized for dropping the match-winners, but he clarified all the rumors and allegations by saying that the players have been rested, keeping in mind of the rotational policy. "And I must say that along with having faith in my own belief, it is the seniors like Kohli bhai and Mahi bhai who make the job of youngsters like me easier", he added.

Australia recently suffered their first-ever Test loss to Bangladesh and they were beaten by India 2-1 earlier in the year but Clarke sees no reason why there should be any comparison between the ODI and Test squads. The five match series will be followed by three-match T20 series to conclude the tour.

"I suppose it is the variation and depth with both the bat and ball".

Pandya was a havoc at middle-order as he displayed his fearless batting throughout the series. I hope to get through with a solid performance. I keep things simple and look to try and do the best I can and not worry too much about the opposition. After this, the BCCI will go on to host Australia and New Zealand for a limited-overs series and Sri Lanka (again) for a full-fledged series before the team departs for South Africa for four Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is, slated to start in January 2018. The spinners are inexperienced and that is where the Indians will have an upper hand. The last time we were here, we played some good, tuff cricket. With Steve Smith, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch all familiar with Indian conditions with loads of IPL experience behind them, they will no doubt would pose a major threat to the Indian bowling attack. The 35-year-old last played an ODI in June this year, managing to score 39 runs against West Indies. After all, cricket in the sub-continent is the same, where pitches aid spin most of the time.

With 2019 World Cup being considered as the next holy grail, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), national selectors, captain Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri are now on an experimental spree to try out different combinations.