Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has stated that he and the rest of his teammates prefer staying away from running into Virat Kohli while he’s batting. During the 2014-15 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Kohli had his run-ins with Mitchell Johnson, Steve Smith and others; however, there was no such face-offs seen during India’s Test series against Australia in 2018-19 which they won 2-1.
“I think we try to probably stay clear of engagement, obviously,” Hazlewood said on the Cricket Connected Show on Star Sports.
“I think that was fully evident throughout the series. I think he likes to get in that tussle and it probably brings out the best in him, especially when he’s batting, that was always a no-go-zone for the bowlers.”
“I think it’s a different case if the guys are batting and he’s in the field, you know they can get him engaged there and sort of work him out a little bit if possible, but certainly when he was batting, it was just leaving him to his own devices, and hopefully, we get him in a bit of a switched off mood and take advantage of that,” Hazlewood explained.