Australia will talk about Pujara and Kohli before WTC final: Ponting

London. Former captain and veteran cricketer Ricky Ponting believes that Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli will have to be dismissed quickly if Australia have to deal with India in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC). India’s Test batsman Pujara can offer valuable tips to teammates due to his long stint for Sussex in the English County Championship, while Kohli has been impressive for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the recently concluded Indian Premier League, hitting two centuries and six half-centuries. are in form. Ponting said in ‘The ICC Review’, “There is no doubt that the Australian team will talk about Virat and they will talk about Pujara.”

Pujara is known to enjoy the challenges of the Australian bowlers who have scored more Test runs and hundreds against them than against any other team and his performance will be crucial to India’s chances of winning the WTC trophy in their second attempt. Ponting said, “Pujara has troubled Australia a lot in the past and this wicket will potentially be like the Australian pitch. They know they have to get him out early.” Pujara, who bats at number three, has scored 2,033 runs in 24 Tests against Australia with five centuries and Indian captain Rohit Sharma will be hoping to lead the team to the WTC final. Will make some more important contributions to.

Apart from his stellar form in the IPL, Kohli had scored 186 in the fourth Test against Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in March and will be eager to play against the Pat Cummins-led side. Ponting said, “They also know that in the last few weeks, Virat is probably back to his best form, albeit in T20 cricket. He told me that he felt that he was almost back to his best form and this is a warning to Australia before the only match. Very impressed with Gill’s performance as well. Gill scored three centuries for Gujarat Titans in the IPL.

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The former Australia captain said, “He is a brilliant young player. He’s got a bit of swagger and he’s a level player. He plays a front-foot pull shot against fast bowlers and he will probably need that shot against this Australian bowling attack. Will have to be at their best against a strong batting line-up as Jasprit Bumrah is not part of the team due to injury.

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