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AUS vs IND 2020: Aaron Finch is skeptical of Virat Kohli ahead of first Test match

December 15, 2020

Written By,

Ankit Seth

Aaron Finch feels a steady and balanced approach from Australia will be required when they tackle Virat Kohli in the first Test. Finch also believes that if Kohli is sledged too much during the pink-ball Test, he can be ruthless on the hosts. Finch thinks the change will be the way how Kohli goes about it. He further added that Virat as a person is more relaxed on the ground.

The Australian skipper said that there would be instances when things boil over. When you have got strong characters on both sides that's going to come to a head at some point. But if there is a delicate balance, then you don't want him to get up and about in the contest. If Virat gets involved then he can be ruthless on an opposition, he added.

Finch has played under Kohli in the Indian Premier League. He also mentioned how Virat has instilled confidence in his players during the mega tournament. Aaron Finch was surprised to see Kohli's relaxed approach in the RCB camp. Kohli's planning and preparation during the IPL surprised Finch a lot. He never focused more on the opposition than his team, Finch said.

Australia is the most successful team with the Pink Ball

The Indian skipper will be playing just one Test against Australia as he will return home after being granted paternity leave by BCCI. After his departure, Rahane will take over the captaincy reins in the remaining three Tests. The Indian side is all prepared to play a day-night pink ball test against Australia from 17th December at Adelaide.

However, the pink ball day/night test is going to be a concern for India as they could not manage to win the three-day practice match against Australia A. Ben McDermott and Jack Wildermuth managed to draw the game.

Interestingly, out of the 12 Test-playing nations, only eight countries have played with the pink ball so far. The first pink ball test took place between Australia and New Zealand back in 2015. However, it is only the Australian team who is most successful with the pink ball so far. Sri Lanka is placed second on the list. Other countries like England, South Africa, and New Zealand have grabbed one win each so far.

However, despite everything, this pink ball test remains a point of concern for The Men in Blue. They are going to play against the most successful team with the pink ball. Earlier, the hosts won the ODI series whereas the Men-in-Blue walked away with the T20I series.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth