- Kohli will play the first match of the four-match series
- After this, you will go home on paternity leave
- Langer said – Captain Kohli has to stop scoring runs
Australia coach Justin Lager said on Tuesday that his team would take a special strategy against Virat Kohli in the first Test starting in Adelaide on Thursday. Kohli will play the first match of a four-match series. After this, he will go home on parental leave.
Langer said, ‘He’s a great player and just as great a captain. I respect him a lot, but special strategies have to be devised for him. We know how important he is in the Indian team as a captain and batsman.
“Implementing the strategy is just as important,” he told a virtual press conference. They have to stop making runs. After all, it can leave the most impact with a bat. So far we have understood and seen a lot of them and that too for us.
Langer said his team would focus on technology and find ways to push him instead of confronting Kohli.
He said, ‘We will try to get Virat out, he is such a great player that we are not even talking about him being sacked. This is nonsense, we play skillfully not on emotions. We have to control our emotions.
Australia Australia have played more pink ball matches than India, but Langer says it will not benefit his team. He said, ‘I have always said that the best teams and players suit the situation. No matter how big the match is and no matter what color the ball is. What happened in the past will not make much difference, but it would be good to repeat it.
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“We haven’t played a Test in over a year,” the coach said. Have to perform well on the field. Then whether it is a day or a night match or a day. I don’t think past performances matter. ‘
The hosts suffered a defeat in the 2018-19 series, but Langer said his players do not have a spirit of revenge. “Revenge is not a good word, it would be fair to say contest,” he said.
He credited the Indian Premier League (IPL) for enhancing co-ordination and sportsmanship among the players. The coach said, ‘The limited overs series was played in a very good atmosphere and I hope this will continue. They will play competitive cricket, but with sportsmanship. The advantage of IPL is that the players know each other. Good relationships happen.