Josh Hazlewood says Australia prefers to “stay clear of engagement” with Indian captain Virat Kohli whenever he is batting as it brings out the best in him.
India skipper Virat Kohli with Cheteshwar Pujara. (Reuters Photo)
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Australia pacer Josh Hazlewood on Saturday revealed that his team likes to avoid any kind of confrontation with India skipper Virat Kohli as it brings out the best in him while he is batting.
India are slated to begin their tour of Australia in October as they are scheduled to play a 3-match T20I series between October 11 and 17.
The much-anticipated 4-Test series will kickstart from December 3. Brisbane will host the series opener while Adelaide will host the 2nd Test, which will be a day-night affair with the pink ball.
Speaking on Star Sports show Cricket Connected, Hazlewood talked about bowling to Kohli.
“We try to probably stay clear of engagement, obviously. I think that was fully evident throughout the (last Test) series (in 2018),” Hazlewood said.
“I think he likes to get in that tussle and it probably brings out the best in him, especially when he’s batting, that was always a no-go-zone for the bowlers.”
Also, Hazlewood said that the case is different when Kohli is leading the team out on the field.
“I think it’s a different case if the guys are batting and he’s in the field, you know they can get him engaged there and sort of working him out a little bit if possible.
“…but certainly when he was batting, it was just leaving him to his own devices, and hopefully, we get him in a bit of a switched off mood and take advantage of that,” the pacer said, referring to the planned upcoming engagements.
Hazlewood also admitted that Cheteshwar Pujara is one player who wears down the bowlers with his workman-like approach to batting.
“Pujara will grind you down and make you work for his wicket, he really puts a price on his wicket and we saw that last time in Australia.”