Sunil Gavaskar believes Virat Kohli will look at the Windies series for his missing centuries
By Sandy - Oct 3, 2018 9:34 pm
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Legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar calls Indian skipper Virat Kohli to score his missing hundreds in the upcoming home Test series against Windies, starting from this Thursday (October 4).

Sunil Gavaskar

Kohli was in the brilliant form with the bat during India’s recent tour in England. In the five-match Test series in England, he scored two centuries and three more half-centuries, including one 97-run knock. Gavaskar believes that the skipper Kohli will want to make up those missing centuries in the upcoming home Test series.

Virat Kohli

“The skipper Virat Kohli was imperious in England and will want to make up for those hundreds that he missed there,” Gavaskar wrote in his column for the Times of India.

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Talking about the Indian side, Gavaskar feels it will be another crucial chance for the inconsistent top-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara.

Gavaskar wrote, “India, expectedly have made changes to the opening pair and whether Mayank Agarwal or Prithvi Shaw makes his debut will be known on Day One at Rajkot. Rahul has shown that he is in good touch with that effortless knock in the only One-day game that he got in the Asia Cup. For Pujara, it will be another chance to score big on his home ground.”

The Indian legend has surprised to see both the leading pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have been rested from this Test series as he believes they should be rested in the limited-overs series if they wanted a break.

Gavaskar wrote, “India resting both Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah is a surprise, for it shows that Test matches don’t seem to matter for the selectors. Were both the bowlers asked if they wanted a break? If a break has to be given, do that in the limited-overs internationals, not Test cricket, for if Test cricket is to survive it needs the best players available all the time.”

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Gavaskar believes this Windies team is stronger than the previous Windies team that toured in India in 2013 – Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell Test.

Windies cricket team

Gavaskar claimed, “This West Indian team is a lot stronger than the one that toured India five years back for the farewell series for Sachin Tendulkar. The West Indian batting despite the absence of some T20 stars is a solid one and if the pitch at Rajkot is the usual flat one, then the Indian spinners may not find it easy to dismiss them as easily as they did in 2013.

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“Brathwaite, Powell, Shai Hope, Sunil Ambris are attractive stroke players and Jason Holder down the order is a tough customer to remove. On a pitch that turns, they may find it a lot harder but going by past experience both the Tests are being played on pitches where the ball doesn’t turn from Day One.

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“If anything, the pitch at Hyderabad has a fair carry that should help the West Indian pacers, especially Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach (if he is fit). Both have been bowling with hostility and have rocked batsmen even on the now slow pitches in the Caribbean and the West Indians will be hoping that they do so here again.”