Former Indian Bowling Coach Arun Bharat Recalls How Virat Kohli Was Stunned By A Bowler

Indian Cricket Team will have a tough task when they take on mighty Australia in the 1st Test Match on 9th February. Former skipper Virat Kohli would be aware of the fact that the onus would be on him to play long & effective knocks for the team in the absence of the dashing batter Shreyas Iyer.

Australia would sense that they have a golden chance to end the drought of 19 years; last time they displayed great fighting spirit but couldn’t capitalize on a 1-0 lead. The visitors have got a formidable batting lineup where the resurgence of Usman Khawaja has given them stability at the top of the order.

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Arun Bharat on Virat Kohli

Arun Bharat was having an interaction with Cricbuzz and recalled an incident in the 2018 South Africa Test Series.

“We went about 10 days early to South Africa. We had a centre-wicket practice. And Virat was so impressed with Bumrah. I still vividly remember Virat, after playing him, came to Ravi and said, ‘Ravi bhai, sabse mushkil hai isko khelna. Mujhe pata nehi lag raha hai kab woh release kar raha hai (Ravi, he was the toughest bowler to face. I couldn’t figure out when he is releasing the ball)…and I pick him a fraction later than the other bowlers’.” said Bharat Arun.

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Jasprit Bumrah an Asset

The fans would be hoping that Jasprit Bumrah is available for the 3rd & 4th Test match who currently is nursing his back injury. The speciality of Bumrah is that he can provide break-throughs to the team at crucial junctions of the match and over the years, he has been the go to bowler for his captain.

Head Coach Rahul Dravid & Skipper Rohit Sharma perhaps need to apply horses for courses. There are reports which suggest that Ishan Kishan may get the nod over KS Bharat for the 1st Test match despite KS Bharat being around the team since couple of years.

Also Read: IND vs AUS: “They Will Be Remembered By The Upcoming Generations Like Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman And Rahul Dravid” – Saba Karim On Rohit Sharma And Virat Kohli

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