July 17, 2018
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Brett Lee backs Virat Kohli to have a successful Australian Tour

By Shalini Singh

Lee Contradicts Cummins’ Prediction:

Former Australian pacer Brett Lee has backed India skipper Virat Kohli for having a successful series in Australia.

Indian batsman Kohli has had a prolific previous tour of Australia in 2014 when he scored four tons in the four-Test matches.

Kohli scored 692 runs at an average of 86.50 in the series.

Brett Lee believes that Kohli’s hunger for the runs is immense and this hunger for scoring more would yield results for him.

India is scheduled to play four Test matches in Australia later this year.

“Kohli has a lot to prove and he will prove this year why he’s so good,” Lee said.

“Kohli will have a massive year this year. I think he will get hundreds because I’ve never seen a guy so hungry,” he added.

Lee’s comment comes after Australian quick Pat Cummins made a bold, brave prediction that Kohli would fail to register a century this year during Australia tour.

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It was an audacious call as Kohli has scored five centuries in eight Test matches he has played in Australia.

Aussie bowlers need to get the better of him: McGrath

Moreover, Glenn McGrath believes that Australian fast bowlers need to build pressure on the Indian captain.

McGrath had said that Australia needs to get the better of Indian captain to succeed in the tournament.

“I want to see the way Australians put pressure on Kohli and I would love to see how he handles it,” McGrath said.

“Kohli has got an aggressive attitude. And, last time when he was here, he showed that he was not going to take a step backwards.”

” It is going to be an interesting summer. If the Australian bowlers manage to handle the No.1 player and their captain, it will make the job much easier for the team.”

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Kohli’s career graph has surged since:

The statistics suggest that the 2014 Australian tour helped Kohli’s Test career take a leap.

Before to the start of the series, he had scored 1855 runs and six centuries at an average of 39.46 from 29 Tests.

But after the series, he has hit five centuries and has amassed 3699 runs at an average of 64.89 in his 37 Tests since.

His only blip since then came in 2017 against Australia when he scored 46 runs at 9.20 across three Tests in the Border-Gavaskar Test series in India. But, Lee expects him to come stronger this time.

Shalini Singh

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