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Aakash Chopra predicts Virat Kohli’s display in 2nd IND vs AUS Test
By SMCS - Feb 17, 2023 11:55 am
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Former Indian player Aakash Chopra is unsure how former India captain Virat Kohli will perform at his home venue during the second Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The former captain only scored 12 runs in the series opener in Nagpur and has been struggling in red-ball cricket for a while now as well.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli was frustrated with the antics of the Bangladesh openers

Opining that Kohli’s chances of scoring, Chopra said on ESPNcricinfo: “Kohli had practiced a lot of sweeps before the first Test but could only get one innings. In Delhi, it is hard to say how Kohli will perform, because we do not know how the pitch will be like.”

Chopra added: “If India bat first, then the chances are bright, because at least they might bat twice. The pitch might also be better to bat on day one when compared to the other days. So, let us wait and see, I am not saying that Kohli will walk out and score a hundred in Delhi with ease, I am just holding onto the horses.”

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Virat Kohli’s issues in Test cricket can be seen against spin bowling. Debutant Todd Murphy dismissed him with a delivery that strayed down the leg side as well. While Team India played with three spinners in the first Test, Australia, meanwhile, took the field with two off-spinners in Nathan Lyon and Todd Murphy.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli faced another disappointment

Aakash Chopra again said: “If you want to intimidate the Australians, then play four spinners. Four spinners and once seamer, because the seamer hardly gets like 15 overs in a day over here. That particular thought can be entertained. If the pitch gets slower and slower, then you need to beat the batters in the air, and I think Kuldeep can do that better than Axar.”

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“The way with which Axar is playing, he cannot be dropped. I think the team will discuss the prospect of playing four spinners, but wil ultimately go with three spinners and two seamers,” Aakash Chopra concluded.