Pat Cummins clarifies comments made about Virat Kohli
The Aussie pacer had made it clear that he would stand in the way of Kohli's century.
Published - Jul 19, 2018 12:57 pm | Updated - Jul 19, 2018 12:57 pm
At the moment, India skipper Virat Kohli is the best batsman in Test cricket in the World. With Steve Smith out for a few more months and Joe Root making his claim back to form, it is certainly clear that Kohli is the best at the moment. That is why when he makes the trip down under to Australia, Pat Cummins and the other Aussie bowlers will be doing all they possibly can to halt the Kohli charge, so to speak.
While the Australian cricket broadcasters anticipated a Kohli century, Cummins was quite certain that Kohli would not be the one who comes up trumps this time. However, speaking after the interview, Cummins reiterated that he meant no disrespect to the 30-year old skipper whatsoever. “I was surprised by the traction the comments I made about Virat got,” Cummins told cricket.com.au.
“I was almost trying to do the opposite to the way they were perceived. I was trying to pay him a huge compliment and say that my big wish list for the summer was he doesn’t score a hundred.
‘Couldn’t hold Kohli in higher regard’
Cummins further went on to add that Kohli was such an important member of the Indian side that it was clear that the chances of him scoring a century was extremely high, so to speak. “He’s obviously so important to the team and is such a gun batsman, so him not scoring runs would go a long way to helping us win. But I certainly didn’t mean to say he’s no good because I couldn’t hold him in higher regard.”
“The chances are he’s going to score a hundred against us again sometime and we’ll be doing everything in our power to try and stop that.
“It was just off the cuff. It was a pretty relaxed interview to say I’d love for him not to score runs like I’d love any international player to not score runs against us.”