Virat Kohli Explains Why He Does Not Want To Face Jasprit Bumrah In Tests

Written by Vishwas Gupta

After India secured a 2-1 lead versus Australia in the ongoing Test series in Melbourne, team India’s skipper Virat Kohli was pretty vocal about preferring not to face Jasprit Bumrah.

“In Test cricket, especially on a pitch like Perth, I wouldn’t want to face him to be honest because once he is on a roll, he can really crank it up,” he said.

The 25-year-old right-arm quick with an unorthodox rigid action took 9-86 in the MCG Test against Australia, including a career-best 6-33 in the first innings. In his first year of Test cricket he has claimed three five-wicket hauls overseas — in South Africa, England and now Australia, where his exploits were central to India’s 137-run win.

“The mindset he has at the moment is what separates him from anyone else in the world right now. He looks at a pitch and he doesn’t think it’s a hard toil, he thinks wickets, he thinks how can I get a breakthrough for the team. He’s as strong-headed as I’ve seen anyone in the past and that’s the key to his success that I’ve seen in the last 12 months, the way he has matured as a Test cricketer” Kohli added.

“It is a very scary sign for batsmen around the world”. Talking about the victory, Kohli said he was most proud of the way the team bounced back after losing in Perth.

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