Former South African skipper Ab de Villiers advised bowlers by outlining a crucial strategy on how to dismiss Virat Kohli in the SA vs IND Test series 2023. ABD feels that the Pacers need to focus on a certain aspect to get rid of Virat Kohli at an early stage of the test match innings.
Team India will play the 2-match test series against the Proteas initiating from 26th December 2023 (Tuesday).
The test match on Boxing Day will experience the exciting return of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to international cricket. Mainly, after the 2023 World Cup finals, this is the first match that the dual combination will make their appearance.
Many cricket enthusiasts have shifted their focus toward the senior Indian cricketers ahead of the test series. Specifically, Virat Kohli is the 2nd highest run scorer on the South African pitches for 7 matches. With 719 runs in 14 innings, Virat Kohli holds a significant record against South Africa in tests. It includes the best average of 51.35.
Cricket experts indicate that Team India has the best chance to win the first test match series in the Island Nation.
Recently, Virat Kohli returned home due to a family emergency. Nevertheless, the 1st test match at SuperSport Park, Centurion, anticipates the return of the veteran right-handed batsman.
Virat Kohli is one of the top Indian batsmen, who has achieved centuries in all three formats of cricket.
Notably, Virat Kohli was the leading run-scorer of the 2018 test series against the Proteas on their home ground. He scored 286 runs in 3 test innings at an average rate of 47.66.
Recently, Virat Kohli was the leading run-scorer of the World Cup 2023 by scoring 765 runs in 11 innings. It includes 3 centuries and 2 half-centuries as well.
Furthermore, Virat Kohli’s 50th ODI century created a sensation in the history of cricket. The 34-year-old cricketer shattered Sachin Tendulkar’s lifetime record in a grand semi-final against New Zealand.
Moreover, Virat Kohli was named as “Player of the Series” in the ICC Men’s World Cup 2023.
Importantly, Virat Kohli is the first Indian batsman to achieve the most double centuries in test cricket. With 7 double centuries in tests, including his best unbeaten knock of 254 runs, Kohli can prove to be unstoppable.
As a visiting side, Virat Kohli’s performance proves to be crucial on fast and bouncy pitches.
Once Virat Kohli starts grabbing runs, there is hardly any bowler in the world who can restrict the in-form batsman in red-ball cricket.
Interestingly, Virat Kohli was the fastest Indian cricketer and second overall international batsman to achieve 25 centuries in test cricket.
Ab de Villiers advised bowlers: A Crucial strategy to grab the wicket of Virat Kohli in SA vs IND test series
As a former RCB teammate of Virat Kohli in IPL, Ab de Villiers advised bowlers by knowing the strengths and weaknesses of his co-batsman:
“You need to target the fourth stump. That is the only conventional way of bowling to Virat Kohli and get him dismissed. You have to play a waiting game. And hold back on one such delivery that pinches a bit far away.
You should be aggressive against a world-class batsman. But, you can’t attack an in-form player, when he plays straight.”
Furthermore, Ab de Villiers compared Virat Kohli with Sachin Tendulkar’s batting skills:
“Whereas Sachin, you can’t expect to hold on for the forthcoming delivery to strike his pads for leg before. Kohli is similar. You have to bowl a sharp delivery. For that, you need to have patience to strike the edge of his bat and get dismissed.”
Ab de Villiers shared the crucial message ahead of Virat Kohli’s 4th test series on South African soil.
After leveling the 3-match T20I series with 1-1 and losing the 3-match ODI series with 1-2 against the visitors, the Proteas aim to make a strong comeback in the test.
Especially, Ab de Villiers advised bowlers by stressing the importance of Virat Kohli’s wicket, which can anchor a perfect innings. At the same time, Kohli’s aggressive approach at the completing phase of a match makes it tough to place fielders in an accurate position. As a result, the fielding side completely remains clueless to grab his wicket and prevent the flow of runs.
Also, South Africa not being triumphant in the limited overs cricket, makes the former captain share a crucial message with the bowlers.
ABD is confident that only the fast bowlers could make the job simpler for the team in the 2023 test series. Overall, the Indian cricket team led by Rohit Sharma will aim to script a historical win. Team India playing in the rainbow nation will be striving to achieve their first test series success against the hosts.