MOHALI: Australian skipper Aaron Finch said on Monday it would take a very brave man to write off Virat Kohli and what the former India captain has achieved over the past 15 years is simply “ridiculous”.
Kohli overcame a long period of thinness at the Asian Cup earlier this month and also marked his 71st international century. The cent was his first since November 2019.
“It will be a very brave man to put Virat Kohli aside. At all times he has shown for 15 years now that he is one of the greatest players of all time,” Finch said on the eve of the opening of the series against India. .
“Particularly in T20 cricket, he’s someone who has developed and developed his game over such a long time that you always plan and prepare for the best when you come up against him.

“He’s great and has 71 international centuries. It’s just ridiculous,” Finch said during a virtual media interaction.
Finch will be at the center of the series after announcing his retirement from ODIs following his struggles with the bat.
He is expected to be at his best ahead of the T20 World Cup on home soil.
“Over a long period you are quite comfortable with criticism, but in T20 cricket I think my form has been really good for quite a while now. I think if you separate the ODI form and the T20 form , so they’re totally different, they’re two different game formats,” Finch said.

Australia will continue their plans here with an eye on the World Cup at home where the conditions will be very different. The Finch-led team enters the ICC event as the defending champions.
“Every decision we make I think has an eye on the World Cup and seeing the wicket yesterday it looked like there was quite a bit of grass on it,” Finch said.
“And we know that in Mohali the ball can spin and it can last a bit, so I think we’ll be careful not to be too narrow-minded in terms of focus.

“What we’ve tried to do over the last six-eight-ten months is to make sure that everything we do in the T20 space is linked to the World Cup and, for us, it’s It’s about making sure that once we get there that we’ve had a lot of different combinations of teams that we can play.”
Australia rested many senior players including David Warner, Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell March for the Indian series.
T20 globetrotter Tim David, who played international cricket for Singapore, is set to make his Australian debut. He is considered the x factor of the team.
Finch has confirmed that Steve Smith will beat at number three on Tuesday.



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