Virat Kohli Can Bat At Night Without Lights: Sunil Gavaskar


Sunil Gavaskar felt that skipper MS Dhoni no has a “balancec” side at his disposal and that’s why the team was getting desired results in Twenty20 series.

Melbourne: The sublime touch that he is in, Virat Kohli can bat even at midnight without switching on the lights and still score runs, Sunil Gavaskar said on Friday, eulogising the young Indian batsman.

A rampaging Kohli continued to torment the Australians, hitting another quick-fire half-century in India’s second win in the Twenty20 series on Friday.

“He is setting the bar higher for the future players. He is in fantastic form.. form which the players dream about. he can even bat at midnight without light and still bat well. The Australians cant get him out. They will have to wait for him to commit a mistake,” Gavaskar said.

Asked who he would like to bowl — Rohit Sharma or Kohli, Gavaskar replied,”to none of them.”

“I would not bowl to both of them. Rohit kills you with tickle and Kohli can punch you to death. Either way you are going to die,” he told NDTV.

The former Indian opener also suggested that India must not tinker with the batting order even as the series has been claimed by them. His reply came when he was asked if Yuvraj Singh should be promoted to number three so that he can get some match practise under his belt.

“I want to see India win the series 3-0. Kohli should continue to bat at number three. Never ever flirt with form, it’s so fickle, don’t flirt with it. Yuvraj can bat during the Asia Cup, World Twenty20. Let India make a clean sweep.”

Gavaskar felt that skipper MS Dhoni now has a “balanced side” at his disposal and that’s why the team was getting desired results in Twenty20 series.

“He has got now Yuvraj, Ashish Nehra, Hardik Pandya in the side. He has plenty of bowling and batting options. It has eased off the pressure on him. Bhajji (Harbhajan Sigh) is sitting on the bench which means it is a very good selection.

The balance is terrific. Pandya can bat at number seven and can bowl. Even if a bowler is hammered around, Dhoni can go to the other bowler,” Gavaskar opined.

“The Aussies were under pressure and it was a good omen for the Indians for the World Twenty20.”

Australia today rested Steven Smith and David Warner so that they can begin preparations for the New Zealand Test series but Gavaskar was not impressed.

“Anybody who is taking it lightly, representing the country, deserves the result they get. Always play with your best players. It smacks of arrogance,” he said.

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We Want To Win Remaining Matches Of Australia Tour

India is yet to register a win in their ongoing 5-match ODI series against Australia.


Sydney: Unfazed despite four successive defeats, a defiant Virat Kohli today insisted that the Indian cricket team is “not mentally bogged down” and said it would like to win the next four matches, including tomorrow’s final ODI, to cap the tour of Australia on a positive note. The star batsman said that despite lagging 4-0 in the current ODI series, the Indian team’s morale is still up. India play the hosts in a three-match T20 series after the ODI series concludes with the fifth and final game here tomorrow. ”If we were mentally bogged down we wouldn’t be able to compete at all. We just have to be smarter about chasing down totals. If the results were different, there would be different questions and different debates. But we have to respect this result and Australia are a tough side, and they know these conditions better,” Kohli said at the pre-match press conference.

“They are on a streak of winning 18 games at home. So we need some extra bit of experience in such conditions. We would like to learn because we have to keep coming back here and we want to do well here. Morale is the same as we came here two weeks ago.

Everyone is still trying and working hard. We have believed in the four games that we can cross the line at any stage. We always knew that but we haven’t been able to execute that. We have a game tomorrow and still have three T20Is. We would like to finish strongly, and win all these games left. So we are looking at these four games rather than two series separately because we will feel much better about ourselves, if we do well from here on.”

Kohli, who has smashed two centuries on the tour, felt the team failed to capitalise on important moments. “We have played good cricket so far, but we have not capitalised on important moments. Still I feel we have been very competitive on the field. In international cricket it is all about capitalising on those moments which Australia has done better than us. If you see the four matches so far, results could have gone either way.

“That is something we have really lacked. We haven’t been able to close the games off and we need to learn this in international cricket. Next time I am certain this happens, guys will have learnt to do so because no one wants to tour abroad and lose games after playing well. It hurts even more. If you are not playing well it is a different story but when you are playing good cricket, it hurts more that you are not able to cross the finish line.”