As India gear up for Brisbane T20I, Adam Gilchrist catches up with Virat Kohli

first_imgTeam India continued to sweat it out at the nets ahead of their tour opener against Australia at Brisbane’s Gabba. Led by Virat Kohli, India will take on the Aussies in the first T20 International on Wednesday.India, who have lost Test series in South Africa and England this year, are leaving no stone unturned to rewrite history in Australia who will be without their two biggest stars: Steve Smith and David Warner.India have never won a Test series in Australia and several experts feel this could be their best chance to set the record straight. But the Test matches get underway only on December 6. Before that, there is a T20I series to be played – a format India fancy.India have been dominant against Australia over the years, winning 10 out of 15 T20 Internationals since 2007. Australia have won only five.The last time India played a T20I series in Australia, they blanked the hosts 3-0 as Virat Kohli finished with three half-centuries. Today, he is captain and without doubt, the best batsman in the world across formats. Also read – Australia dangerous but India determined to make a mark: Rohit SharmaThis time, India will be without MS Dhoni, who was left out of the T20I series against West Indies at home as well. But the likes of Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik give India options in the middle-order. It is no secret Dhoni has struggled for runs this year – Pant, on the other hand, is quickly establishing himself as heir apparent to the former India captain.advertisementIt is no secret Dhoni has struggled for runs this year – Pant, on the other hand, is quickly establishing himself as heir apparent to the former India captainLike they did on Sunday, India’s cricketers were at the Gabba to practice and get used to the conditions. Vice-captain Rohit Sharma conceded Australia’s pacers have the upper hand on bouncy pitches like Gabba and WACA but he said his colleagues were up to the challenge.But they were taking no chances. BCCI’s social media pages posted pictures of batsmen sweating it out at the nets – even Jasprit Bumrah turned his attack mode on.Also read – Have Australia learnt the dangers of needling Virat Kohli?And as the superstars of world cricket trained, their skipper was pictured exchanging pleasantries with Australia legend Adam Gilchrist.That moment at the nets when @Jaspritbumrah93 went Hammer and Tongs #TeamIndia (@BCCI) November 19, 2018Australia’s cricketers might have been guilty of crossing the line once too often with their verbal attacks but Gilchrist remained a favourite for crowds around the world. Known for his honesty (the man who would walk if he thought he nicked it), Gilchrist finished with 9619 ODI runs and 5570 Test runs.It would be interesting to hear what Gilchrist has to say about Kohli’s promise of not starting a sledging war. The India captain said he will retaliate only if Australia played dirty.Also read – Steve Smith, David Warner bans should stay, says Mitchell JohnsonMitchell Johnson and Pat Cummins were mildly surprised with Kohli’s attitude and they now wait to see how the world’s best batsman goes about his business.Gilchrist played only 13 T20Is for Australia but he made a massive impact in the Indian Premier League where he scored 2069 runs in 80 matches. Under his leadership, Deccan Chargers won the tournament in 2009.Also watch –last_img