India will be under pressure without Kohli in the Tests Series against Australia
India captain Virat Kohli will not play in the last three Tests of the tour of Australia to be with his child-bearing wife Anushka Sharma. Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes India will be under pressure from the start of the Test series without the captain and best batsman Virat Kohli to become a father for the first time.
Under Kohli’s leadership, India won the Test series for the first time on Australian soil two years ago. India is now in Australia on a mission to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. With limited-overs cricket and Test series, Team India is also busy practicing in quarantine.
Talks on the India-Australia Test series are in full swing. Especially Kohli’s absence in the Test series. Many have said that the absence of Kohli will dominate the Test series in Australia. Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting also joined the team this time.
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Ponting thinks India will be under pressure from the start of the Test series. “India will have to play the last three Tests without Kohli,” he said. However, India will be under pressure before the start of the Test series. The fact that Kohli will not be in the last three Tests will have an additional impact on the Indian players.
Ponting also revealed why India would be under pressure before the start of the series. “India will have to play without Kohli’s batting and leadership,” he said. His presence is a big confidence for the team. Kohli will not be there, that is what other players in the team are thinking now. Such thinking will put a lot of pressure on the cricketers of the Indian team. Ajinkya Rahane will lead, will have to deal with the extra pressure. At the same time, India will have to find someone to bat in Kohli’s batting position at number four. I don’t think they can play with peace of mind. ‘
The first Test of the series will be day and night. The experience of playing a pink ball is only one match in India. That too against Bangladesh on home soil. Kohli will play the pink-ball Test against Australia. However, Ponting thinks that he will put pressure on India here too.
“For the first time on foreign soil, India will play a Test in pink,” he said. India has to think differently about this test. Their batsmen-bowlers will face a big challenge. Whether spinner will be played or not, India is also worried. Despite having Kohli in the first match, India is facing a big challenge at the beginning of the Test series.
In the absence of Steven Smith-David Warner, India had a chance to win the series on the last tour. This time, Ponting thinks that India is not getting that opportunity anymore. “Yes, India played really well last tour,” he said. But it should also be noted that Smith-Warner was not the two best batsmen in Australia. But to win this time, India has to play the best cricket.