Border-Gavaskar Trophy always an exciting series to be part of, says Virat Kohli

Written by Vipin Darwade

Virat Kohli will be a key to India’s hopes of winning their fourth successive Test series against Australia given his impressive record against them in the five-day format. On Wednesday, Kohli said he was excited and looking forward to the first match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy starting Thursday.

Kohli has so far scored 1682 runs in 20 Tests against Australia at an average of 48.05, including 7 hundreds and 5 half-centuries. However, Kohli’s record against the Australians in India has been far from impressive, with only 1 hundred in 7 Tests.

On Wednesday, Virat Kohli posted pictures on social media to say he was excited about the latest edition of the BGT.

Virat Kohli led India to series wins in 2016-17 in India and 2018-19 in Australia. On the tour of 2020-21, Kohli returned home after the first Test in Adelaide for the birth of his daughter. However, the Indian team fought back heroically from a heavy defeat in the opening Test to win in Melbourne and Brisbane to secure back-to-back series triumphs in Australia.

Kohli also shares an interesting relationship with the Australian cricket team. On the tour of 2014-15, Kohli was in majestic form with 4 hundreds in as many Tests, but there were bitter words exchanged between him and the Australian players in a heated series of matches.

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