India is all set to take on Australia in the prolific WTC 2023 Final beginning on June 7 at the Oval London. And the Indian team is no less than their opponents, Australia. The same is the opinion of India’s prolific batter Virat Kohli, who thinks India has earned Australia’s respect after defeating them twice in their own backyard. And thus they are not taken lightly in the traditional format. Putting up a solid show of grit and gumption, India defeated Australia in the 2018-19 and 2020-21 editions of the Border-Gavaskar trophy by a margin of 2-1.
Virat further said that they can actually feel respect when they play against Australia as they have defeated them on their own background twice & thus it is now a battle of equals. And the same is the case for the WTC 2023 Final which will begin from 7th June. Indian batter said that he is always motivated to play well against Australia as they never give a chance to their opponents to excel & achieve success. So it’s always fun to play against such a competitive opponent.
“The motivation and drive they have won’t let you come back in the game. So I had to take my game to the next level,” Kohli said. The former India skipper reckons the result of the WTC final will boil down to teams adjusting and adapting to the conditions.
Playing on Oval’s Pitch is the Actual Challenge, said Virat Kohli
Speaking about pitch nature, Virat said that it’s really challenging to play at the Oval where India won just two of their 14 matches. While Australia won just seven of 38 matches. He further said that they won’t get access to a flat wicket & batters have to play carefully here.
“So you need to have the experience to play as per the conditions and we cannot go in with the expectation that The Oval pitch will play as it always has. So we have to adjust and adapt, we have only one match in a neutral venue so whoever adapts better will win.
When asked about the toughest part of playing at the Oval London, Kohli said that playing in overcast & seaming conditions in England is the biggest challenge that batters need to understand while playing in England. He also said that the balance between scoring runs & playing with a good technique is crucial while playing at the Oval.
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