Australia’s bowling spearhead Pat Cummins has identified Virat Kohli as the big wicket he is targeting when the ODI series starts next Friday at the Sydney Cricket Ground. With the Indian skipper scheduled to return to India after the first Test in Adelaide from December 17 to 21 for the birth of his first child, the Australian pacer wants to make the most of the seven matches in which he will get to go head to head with Kohli.
“I think every side has that one or two batters and they are the big wickets. Most teams have their captain - Joe Root for England, Kane Williamson for New Zealand. You feel like if you get their wickets that goes a long way in winning the game,” Cummins told Fox Cricket. “He (Kohli) is always a big one. You commentators talk about him non-stop, so hopefully, we can keep him quiet.”
Following the coronavirus induced lockdown, the Aussies have played a limited-overs series against England before heading to Dubai for the IPL 2020. During their 2018 tour, India won the ODI series 2-1 before drawing the T20Is 1-1 with one match washed out due to rain. Australia will be eager to take revenge for the defeat two years ago with Pat Cummins confident that he and his teammates are eager to take on the men in blue.
“It’s going to be huge. Obviously, we’re back here on home soil. Other than spending a lot of times in hotels and bubbles I feel like our preparation has actually been really good,” Cummins added.
“We went over to the UK and had a good tour there. Most of the boys here have been playing 14 T20 matches in the last few weeks and the other guys coming in will be playing shrewd cricket. So, it feels like we are all firing up and got a lot of stuff behind us.”