Indian skipper Virat Kohli may be a nightmare for bowlers, but there was a time when even the finest batsman in the world today had complications coming up against class bowlers. The Indian skipper revealed an episode when he was clueless facing former Australian cricketer Shane Warne.
Despite the fact that Kohli and Warne never came face to face in international cricket, the two did meet in the Indian Premier League (IPL), and Kohli, who was still young at the time, looked back on how he struggled to read Warne.
“Shane Warne made me look like a fool during IPL in 2009. I played him again in 2011 in Rajasthan, nothing significant happened there. He did not get me out, I did not score many runs against him. After the match, he came up to me and said never say anything back to the bowler, but obviously I did not listen (laughs),” he said.
While the idea of fantasy cricket cricket is nothing new, to think of it, how would the 31-year-old in his peak batted against Warne in his prime. Putting thoughts into words on fantasy cricket, the former leg-spinner elucidated how he would bowl to Kohli. And no surprise, Warne had a quite interesting plan.
“I think the one thing you need to do with Virat, which is one thing teams don’t do enough of, is take away both sides of the wicket,” Warne had told ESPNCricinfo in March.
“If you’re going to bowl to Virat Kohli, you either bowl at leg stump and protect the on side, or you bowl wide of off stump and you protect the off side. You cannot bowl at the stumps, because he can hit you both ways. So, I think you’ve to take out one side of the field. Protect just one side of the field, that’s how you bowl to very good players.
“I’d be bowling wide of off stump and letting him try to cover drive with a slip, short cover and some protection out there. So then it’ll be very hard for him to get it over the leg side. That’s what I’d be trying to do and hopefully get a little bit lucky and he mis-hits one.”