Ind vs Aus 1st Test: Can Virat Kohli lead India to victory on his favourite cricket ground in Australia?

Ind vs Aus 1st Test – Can Virat Kohli lead Team India to victory in Adelaide? All eyes will be on the Indian skipper when he takes on the pitch against Australia in the first of the four-match series. It would be the second time Kohli will be leading the Indian side in a day-night Test clash and the first one internationally.

India will take on as the favourites, given their squad depth as compared to the injury-marred Australia side. However, there will certainly be some distinct home advantage for Australia along with the experience of playing more Day/Night Tests.

A day-night Test match has its own little grammar where batsmen are expected to attack in the first session while bowlers are at their peak once the sun sets, allowing the pink kookaburra to pick its pace up.

But one must not forget that Adelaide is captain Kohli’s favourite ground in Australia. So can he inspire another victory for India or will he end his 2020 on a loss?

Ind vs Aus 1st Test: Virat Kohli’s record in Adelaide 

The Indian skipper is the most successful Indian batsman in Adelaide. He is the highest Indian Test scorer with 431 runs in three matches at an average of 71.83 to his credit. He has hit three centuries in Adelaide Oval, where the pitch favours more fuller length from pacers.

Furthermore, Kolhi was seen in sublime touch during the net sessions, playing the balls more confidently. He also has devised plans to tackle off-spinner Nathan Lyon who can be deadly especially with an old ball on third and fourth day of the game.

 

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While it would be interesting to see how the 32-year-old will fare against the pink-ball, it is worth saying another hundred would help him break Ricky Ponting’s world record.

Ind vs Aus 1st Test: Virat Kohli eyes Ricky Ponting’s huge record 

If Kohli hits a ton in the first Test, he would finally end his century drought and with it former Australia skipper Ponting’s most international hundreds record. It would be Kohli’s 42nd  international century as captain. Currently both of them are tied at the top position in the list with 41 centuries to their name.

Squads:

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandra Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav.

Australia: Tim Paine (captain & wicketkeeper), Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade.