Australia’s Pat Cummins clarifies Virat Kohli comment as ‘wishful thinking’

Australia bowler Pat Cummins stated that his ‘bold’ prediction on India skipper Virat Kohli not getting a hundred in the series set to be held later this year was more wishful thinking than friendly fire.

cricket Updated: Jul 19, 2018 11:53 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Virat Kohli averages more than 53 in Tests, an average that jumps to 62 from eight Tests in Australia. (Action Images via Reuters)

Australian cricket team pace bowler Pat Cummins has explained the true meaning behind his comments on Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team’s upcoming tour Down Under.

Cummins had previously made a “brave, bold prediction” by stating that Kohli would not be able to score a century during the Test series against Australia later this year.

Cummins also said that despite the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, both of whom have been banned for a year for ball tampering, the struggling Australia will beat the world No. 1 Test side India in their backyard.

“I was surprised by the traction the comments I made about Virat got,” Cummins told cricket.com.au.

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“I was almost trying to do the opposite to the way they were perceived. I was trying to pay him a huge compliment and say that my big wish list for the summer was he doesn’t score a hundred.

“He’s obviously so important to the team and is such a gun batsman, so him not scoring runs would go a long way to helping us win. But I certainly didn’t mean to say he’s no good because I couldn’t hold him in higher regard.”

Cummins further added that what he said was “off the cuff” and was not meant as friendly fire, the latter of which is usually the norm for any team that tours Australia.

“Bruce McAvaney (veteran TV personality) just asked me what my big prediction was that I’d like to see for the summer. And I just basically said ‘I’d love to see Virat Kohli not make a hundred because he’s a really good player’.

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“The chances are he’s going to score a hundred against us again sometime and we’ll be doing everything in our power to try and stop that.

“It was just off the cuff. It was a pretty relaxed interview to say I’d love for him not to score runs, like I’d love any international player to not score runs against us.”

Kohli averages more than 53 in Tests, an average that jumps to 62 from eight Tests in Australia. He scored hundreds in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney during India’s 2014-15 tour to Australia.

First Published: Jul 19, 2018 11:50 IST