That Virat Kohli is arguably the world’s best batsman is no secret — his stats are formidable, and he certainly never goes hiding from a confrontation on the cricket field.
- Kohli’s eye looks in as he cracks bouncers and spinners in Adelaide nets
- Kohli in supreme form last time India toured Australia, despite tourists’ losing series
- First of four Tests begins in Adelaide tomorrow
But a video of the Indian captain practising in the batting nets ahead of the first Test against Australia at Adelaide Oval has given cricket fans a rare, keeper’s-eye view of just how incredible a batsman Kohli is.
Against rapid bouncers and spinning throw-downs, Kohli’s eye looks in and ready to cause carnage on Australian wickets.
What is most telling from the footage is the audible, searing “crack” Kohli makes when willow meets ball, as he dispatches the short stuff with incredible pulls and hooks.
In the video, Kohli is seen ducking bouncers and dispatching imperious cover drives in Adelaide.
But the best is saved for last as he comes charging down the wicket to the spinners, hammering huge on-drives over the bowler’s head with an audible wallop.
Virat Kohli averaged 86.50 in the last Test series in Australia, and looks good to repeat the run rampage Down Under. (AAP: David Mariuz)
And with Australia shorn of the services of Steve Smith and David Warner, the series looms as Kohli’s showpiece, with the Indian captain standing head and shoulders above all others in the talent department.
The last time India toured Australia for a Test series was in 2014-15, when the tourists went down 2-0 in the four-Test series.
India regularly posted first-innings scores in excess of 400 in that series, but lost the first two matches in Adelaide and Brisbane before drawing the MCG and SCG Tests.
Kohli averaged 86.50 with the bat that series, scoring 692 runs in eight innings, including four centuries.
Now, with the home team losing its two premier batsmen in Smith and Warner, India faces its best chance yet of a first series win on Australian turf.