The Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has recently opened up on Virat Kohli’s absence in the three test matches. Stoinis said that Virat Kohli returning home early won’t mean that he will be extra motivated to score runs in the rest of the matches he plays.
Team India is in Sydney, the venue for the first match of ODI series. India and the hosts Australia will lock horns in the three ODIs, as many T20Is and four Test matches.
Virat Kohli, the captain of Team Indian will fly back to India after playing the limited-overs series and the first Day-Night test match in Adelaide, to be with his wife Anushka Sharma who is going to give birth to their first child.
“Don’t worry about Virat; he’s up for every single game that he’s playing,” Stoinis said on Saturday.
“I don’t think you can get any extra motivation than 110 per cent … he’ll be ready to go.
“We’ve got our strategies (against him), had things that have worked in the past, but other times the plans haven’t worked and he’s made some runs … hopefully things land on our side of the court (this summer),” he added.
I’m a Big Fan Of Virat Kohli: Allan Border
The former Australia captain, Allan Border also lauded Kohli and labelled himself as “a big fan” of him. He said that India will surely miss the passion and aggression of the Indian captain.
“Look, I love the way he plays his game; he wears his heart on his sleeve. I like his aggression and passion for the game. India as a team will miss that. He is a special player, has serious talent and is part of this new India — that’s the way I look at it.
“The way India play the modern game, they have a very positive mindset, and Virat has led the way very well in those areas. I am a big fan,” said Border.