Former Australian cricketer Greg Chappell believes conditions at the Oval will suit Indian star batsman Virat Kohli as the Indian team prepares to face Australia in the final of the 2023 World Test Championship. India will take part in less than three days to their second straight WTC last. Last time, after a hard-fought battle, they missed out on the chance to win the title against New Zealand. Last time, former Indian skipper Virat Kohli came close, but fell short of his standards as he succumbed to Kyle Jamieson’s aggressive bowling style. He scored 57 runs in both innings at Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton, England.
This time, however, he will try to turn things around at a different time, a different location and with a renewed form.
This time the match will be held at the Oval, London and according to Chappell, conditions could play in Kohli’s favor due to the inability of Australian bowlers to exploit circumstances like England bowlers and he will score runs for his team.
Speaking on the Backstage with Boria show on Revsportz, Chappell said: “Virat Kohli has been asked a lot of questions in England in 2014 and 2021 by Anderson, Broad and the rest of England’s bowlers. They bowl some excellent lines and lengths for him in circumstances that suited them. They knew he was the best and lifted themselves up bowling to him. It is not correct to think or say that the Australians will be able to do the same from ball one. The English know their better than anyone in the world in his own circumstances. And Virat likes to hit the Australians. We saw that in Australia. His track record proves how good he is. He likes a match and is never one to fight for a match flinches.’
“The Oval will bounce off all my experience and it will fit Virat. You told me the weather has stayed dry so far. If the weather stays dry the Oval will be as close to an Australian wicket in England as you could ever And that will work out well for Virat. I think if he’s mentally engaged as I said to you earlier in the conversation, he’ll get runs for India. He’s a very good player and someone who can make a significant difference.”
The former Australian cricketer went on to talk about Rohit’s form and whether his IPL form could affect his WTC performance.
Even though Rohit in IPL 2023 performed slightly better than in IPL 2023. He scored 332 runs compared to his total of 268 runs in IPL 2022.
However, the main concern with Rohit’s batting form coming into the limelight was his inability to develop his innings to a higher score.
On numerous occasions, the Indian skipper was able to time the ball well, find the holes, but failed to register a big knock.
However, Chappell believes his IPL form shouldn’t affect his WTC performance, it’s all about the way Rohit feels.
“When I come to Rohit, yes, I totally agree that the IPL is different. The weather, the conditions, the format, everything is different. And it’s not about what you or me or anyone feel about his form.It’s all about what Rohit feels..Does he have any self doubt?Or does he feel good to go out and bat?If he’s in a good zone when he steps out it suffers no doubt he will bat well yes he will be questioned by good bowlers bowl good balls but that is no different for Rohit compared to any other batsman if he is in a good spirit the IPL will Form doesn’t matter in this Test match,” Chappell added.
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