| On Oct 21, 2021 8:40 AM IST

T20 World Cup 2021: Virat Kohli bowling banana inswinger surprises Steve Smith – WATCH


Indian captain Virat Kohli played under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma in the 2nd warm up game against Australia here in ICC academy ground, Dubai. Australia won the toss and decided to bat first on a slightly tricky wicket and Indian team decided to try out Virat Kohli with the ball and he bowled 2 decent overs to say the least.

Virat Kohli- The sixth bowling option for India?

India have all bases covered when their all rounder Hardik Pandya contributes with the ball as it will take a lot of pressure on India’s primary bowlers. But one of the most important talking points about India’s campaign going into the WT20 is the fitness of Hardik Pandya and whether he can roll his arm over the games.

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There has been no signs of the Baroda all rounder rolling his arm after the Sri Lankan series where he bowled. He was injured in the 2nd half of IPL and MI played him as a pure batter. India have Ravindra Jadeja as their fifth bowler and hence they need Hardik Pandya as a buffer with the ball in games against left handed heavy opponents.

But Hardik Pandya as a batter is more important to India than the bowler as the former is a necessity while the latter is a luxury. India made sure that they used the opportunity in the warm-up game to try out their other possible 6th bowling option in Virat Kohli. He has a unique action and has the natural angle to bring the ball back into the batter. He did exactly that to Steve Smith in the very 2nd ball of his spell.


Ideal combination for India against Pakistan

Pakistan have a lot of right hand batters in their ranks and India will be tempted to play Rahul Chahar in the playing 11 along with the mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy and Ravindra Jadeja.

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One has to wait and see whether they will go in with both Mohammad Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the playing 11 and dew will play a massive role in finalizing the playing 11 on 24th of October.

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