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The Virat Kohli impact in Australia ODIs

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Virat Kohli has incredible numbers in ODIs against Australia, but the visitors a trump card in their ranks, whi can take down the might of the Indian batter.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Mar 15, 2023 13:18 IST

The Kohli impact in Australia ODIs. Courtesy: Reuters

The Kohli impact in Australia ODIs. Courtesy: Reuters

By Sabyasachi Chowdhury: Virat Kohli’s numbers against Australia in ODIs are worth envying. Kohli has scored over 2000 runs in ODIs against three opponents and one of them is Australia, along with Sri Lanka and the West Indies.

Kohli has scored 2083 runs from 43 matches at an average of 54.81, which is not too much less than his career average of 57.69. He has scored eight hundreds, one behind Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of nine against the Aussies in the 50-over format.

In India, Kohli’s average against Australia shoots up to 59.95, having scored 1199 runs from 23 matches with five hundreds. Overall, Kohli has played 107 ODIs in India where he has scored 5358 runs at an average of 58.87 with 21 hundreds to his name.

Hence, Steve Smith’s men have their task cut out for the upcoming series to stop Kohli. Recently, Kohli found his mojo in ODIs after scoring a hundred after three years in the Chattogram ODI against Bangladesh last year.

Kohli was outstanding in the ODI series against Sri Lanka. It was the series that gave a glimpse of Kohli at the top of his powers. In three matches, the Delhi-born batter notched 283 runs at an average of 141.50 with a top score of an unbeaten 166.

In the same series, the 34-year-old Kohli also broke Tendulkar’s record of most ODI hundreds at home. Kohli has scored 21 ODI hundreds at home.

Not everything is against Australia

The Kohli impact in Australia ODIs. Courtesy: Reuters

Australia, however, can cash in on Kohli’s most-recent form in the one-day format. The veteran scored 55 runs in the ODI series against New Zealand at an average of 18.33.

But again, Kohli is fresh from scoring 186 in the final Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. From a phase where he couldn’t score a single hundred for nearly three years from November 2019 to September 2022, the right-hander has got four in six months.

Even as Mitchell Starc is expected to be a key part of the Australian attack, it’s Adam Zampa, who is capable of giving Kohli headaches. In ODIs, Zampa has got Kohli out five times in 16 innings. In T20Is, Zampa has got the better of the Indian batter three times.

Hence, it won’t at all spring a surprise if Steve Smith introduces Adam Zampa into the attack as soon after Kohli comes to bat.

Can the Aussies stop the might of Virat Kohli? The statistics favour Kohli without a doubt, but Australian bowlers are good enough to make the best batters struggle.

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