Archie Schiller wants to pick Virat Kohli's wicket with his leg-spin bowling
Schiller is with the Australian Test squad ever since the start of the series.
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Seven-year-old Archie Schiller has been a phenomenon in the ongoing Australia-India Test series. Though the boy is not a part of the action in the middle, his inclusion in the Australian squad as a special member to reward him for his physical hardships at a tender age has made headlines all over. The kid, who was made Australia’s co-captain of for the ongoing Boxing Day Test in Melbourne dreams of picking Virat Kohli‘s wicket.
The boy, who has undergone several heart surgeries already because of a life-threatening congenital disease diagnosed when he was a baby, trained with the Australian team ahead of the first Test in Adelaide and was also presented the team blazer by Amanda, daughter of former Australian great Ian Chappell at the Adelaide Airport.
Schiller at the toss with Paine in Melbourne
Archie Schiller was also present at the toss alongside Australian captain Tim Paine and has already met Kohli a couple of times. He was handed over the Baggy Green by spinner Nathan Lyon ahead of the start of the first day’s play at the MCG.
As per a report in Mumbai Mirror, Schiller wanted to take the wicket of Kohli for he reportedly said, “He (Kohli) is the best batsman in the world.” Kohli, who scored 82 in the first innings of the Test, was out without opening his account in the second innings on Day 3 of the game, falling to Pat Cummins. India were 54 for 5 at stumps on Day 3 even though they secured an overall lead of 346 runs over Australia, thanks to a mammoth lead of 292 in the first innings.
Schiller was informed about his inclusion in the Australian squad by the team’s head coach Justin Langer. The Kangaroos were touring the UAE to play against Pakistan when Langer ringed the kid up to give him the news of his lifetime. During that conversation with Langer as well, Schiller had expressed his desire to dismiss the Indian captain.