You have seen him bat excellently; you have seen him field stupendously; however, have you have seen him bowl as much proficiently? Well, the ‘you’ we are talking about here is Virat Kohli. The Indian captain, on Friday, tried his hands at bowling in the only practise match India is playing against Cricket Australia XI at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
While bowling in the blue jersey, Virat Kohli has managed to have broken through a few partnerships – picking 4 wickets in 48 innings that he has bowled in. However, in Tests, he hasn’t had any success so far. Not to forget, he only bowled in 9 Test innings! Sunil Gavaskar Criticises Australian Style of Cricket, Says 'Players Tend to Break the Line Between Cheating and Gamesmanship!'
With all said and done, it was a sight to behold to see the Indian captain taking the matter into his own hands after his frontline attack wasn’t able to make inroads in the Australian line-up. Virat Kohli brought himself up in the 87th over of the innings. Kohli gave away only 6 runs in the 2 overs that he bowled.
Watch Video Highlights: Virat Kohli bowls in a practice match against Cricket Australia XI
Except for Mohammed Shami, none of the Indian bowlers tasted success as much as he did. Umesh Yadav bowled 22 overs, leaked 81 runs, and picked up a wicket. Ishant Sharma bowled 16 overs, conceded 57 runs and went wicketless. Prithvi Shaw Ruled Out of India vs Australia 1st Test Match at Adelaide; BCCI Statement Reveals Lateral Ligament Injury!
R Ashwin bowled the maximum 24 overs, and gave away 63 runs; however, he was able to take one wicket only. Ravindra Jadeja, Hanuma Vihari sent down 9 and 2 overs respectively and failed to pick up any wicket.
Virat Kohli’s dibbly-dobblies can come handy for India, given the fact that India is a bowler short, in the form of Hardik Pandya. The pitches in Australia suit more to pacers than spinners, and if Kohli rolling his arm for a couple of overs is any signal, it will be interesting to see the skipper bowl in patches throughout the series – only if he chooses to bowl, which is a high possibility!