On June 7, Team India will face Australia in the World Test Championship Final at the Oval. They will be seeking a long-awaited ICC victory, but a formidable Australian squad stands in their way. India did make life difficult for Australia during the home Test series, but their performance in the ICC finals has been mediocre. In addition, India have lost several key players to injury, including KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, and Jasprit Bumrah.
Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane is returning to the Test squad, while captain Rohit Sharma continues to struggle with his batting. Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, and Cheteshwar Pujara will be crucial for India in the championship match among other star players. After enduring a protracted dry spell in 2019 and 2022, Virat Kohli has recently regained his sublime touch.
Greg Chappell, a former Australian cricketer, believes that Virat Kohli will achieve runs for his team this time because the game will be played at the Oval in London and the conditions will be favorable for him. In addition, he opined that, unlike English bowlers, Australian bowlers might not be able to use the conditions to their advantage. In addition, Chappell noted that Kohli enjoys a challenge and will not shy away from going head-to-head with Australians, given his track record in Australia.
“In 2014 and 2021, Anderson, Broad, and the rest of the English bowlers posed a number of queries to Virat Kohli in England. They bowled him some exceptional lines and lengths in favorable conditions. When bowling to him, they lifted themselves up because they knew he was the greatest. “It is incorrect to believe or assert that the Australians will be able to do the same from the first ball,” Chappell stated on the Backstage with Boria program.
“The English are the world’s foremost experts on their own conditions. In addition, Virat enjoys batting against the Australians. This has been observed in Australia. His accomplishments demonstrate his excellence. He adores competition and never backs down from a challenge,” Chappell said on the Backstage with Boria show,” he continued.
Virat Kohli can significantly affect the outcome of a match: Chappell
The legendary Australian went on to state that the Oval will likely have a strong bounce, which will be to the advantage of Virat Kohli. He remarked that if the weather remained dry, the wicket would resemble those in Australia. He praised Virat Kohli as a highly accomplished player with the ability to significantly affect the outcome of the game.
“Based on my expertise, the Oval will have bounce, which will suit Virat. You informed me that the weather has remained dry thus far. If the weather continues to remain dry, the Oval is the closest thing England has to an Australian wicket. And that is suitable for Virat. He is a very talented athlete who can make a significant difference, Chappell concluded.
The form and performance of Virat Kohli will be closely monitored as the Indian team prepares for the ICC World Test Championship final against Australia. Kohli has repeatedly demonstrated through his exceptional abilities and competitive zeal that he excels under pressure.