“Virat Kohli was in the zone”, says Michael Hussey after Day 2 in Perth
Hussey also stated that the 91-run stand between the captain and his deputy is pivotal for India.
Published - Dec 16, 2018 9:31 am | Updated - Dec 16, 2018 9:31 am
Former Australian batsman Michael Hussey is one of the commentators in the ongoing Test series between India and Australia. Having witnessed a scintillating inning from Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday in the second Test at Perth, the 43-year-old couldn’t help but admire his unbeaten knock of 82. However, the legendary Australian batsman could sense something special right from the moment when India’s No.4 walked up to the crease from the dressing room.
Hussey isn’t the only Australian commentator that the Indian captain impressed on Day 2 as former skipper Michael Clarke also expressed his adulation for the brilliant show put up Kohli as well as his second in command Ajinkya Rahane. The duo stitched a 91-run stand and got to half-centuries during the process.
Loved the way Kohli walked to the crease
Hussey, while speaking in the post-match show on Sony Six after the end of the play, said that he loved the way the Indian captain walked on to the field with so much confidence and intensity. The aplomb is what, according to Mr.Cricket, helped him get off to a flying start comprising 3 boundaries in one over off Josh Hazlewood.
“I loved the way Virat Kohli walked to the crease, he came in when India were under enormous pressure after losing two early wickets. The Aussie bowlers were right on top and looking very dangerous. Kohli looked so confident and determined to do well for his team. He started on fire, he looked like he was in the zone,” Hussey said.
The southpaw also appreciated India’s No.5 Rahane for his well-made half century. “It was such a great partnership from the two batsmen. I also liked the way Ajinkya Rahane played. He came out nice, positive and looking busy,” he added.
Hussey also stated that the 91-run stand between the captain and his deputy is pivotal as India have only two more specialist batsmen to follow – the inexperienced Hanuma Vihari and the slightly unstable Rishabh Pant.
Michael Clarke – way too impressed with Kohli and Rahane
Michael Clarke, the former Australian captain, was in awe of how Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara batted today. He spoke to the broadcasters that their partnership took India out of massive trouble after having lost the openers for just 8 runs. “You can look at the bowling, you can look at the wicket and other variables but India were brilliant. Pujara and Virat Kohli, my god! Today he showed how brilliant he is,” he said.
The 37-year- old was particularly fond of the way the Mumbaikar took on the Australian bowlers early in his innings as it forced the likes of Starc, Cummins and Hazlewood to change their tactics. He further said that India, at stumps on Day 2, is still not in a winning position but their middle-order batsmen have laid a foundation to get to a favourable state on Day 3.
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