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India vs Australia: ‘Virat Kohli’s wicket will be huge, plan ready for him’

Australia wicketkeeper Tim Paine is hoping that the team’s plans to get Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli pays off in Saturday’s opening Twenty20 International at Ranchi.

india vs australia 2017 Updated: Oct 06, 2017 19:16 IST
Abhishek Paul
Abhishek Paul
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
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Virat Kohli, Indian cricket team captain, will again be Australia’s prime target when the two teams face off in the first T20 international in Ranchi on Saturday. (AFP)

Virat Kohli has been a thorn for Australia as far as T20I cricket is concerned. In the last four T20Is against the team, the Indian cricket team captain scored four half-centuries. In fact, his highest T20I score – 90* -- came against Australia in 2016.

As the two teams get ready to face each other in the shortest format on Saturday, Kohli is again Australia’s prime target. And after a 1-4 drubbing in the ODI series, the Aussies will be all the more keen to take revenge.

(Read | Virat Kohli’s India set to continue dominance vs Australia in T20 series)

“He’s (Kohli) really a good player. Not many teams had much success against him. He’s a huge wicket tomorrow night and in the whole series. We had a brief chat about him in the team meeting last night. I don’t want to get into the details. We certainly have got a couple of plans, we will see how it goes,” Australia wicketkeeper Tim Paine said on the eve of the first T20I in Ranchi.

“India have been playing really good cricket. They are high on confidence. We are going to come out firing tomorrow night,” Paine said.

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There may not be any surprise in store from the Australians as far as their batting order is concerned.

“We are all lucky to have a flexible batting order. Glenn (Maxwell) has opened the batting in a few T20Is in the sub-continent and has done really well. But (Aaron) Finch and (David) Warner are probably two better T20I openers,” he said.

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Paine, 32, made a return to the national side after six years, in the February T20 series against Sri Lanka. He had a career-threatening finger injury back in 2011, but says that is behind him. The Tasmanian’s career has been restricted to just four Tests, 26 ODIs and 10 ODIs across seven years.

“It’s turned around,” he said. “I was looking to probably retire, I was going to accept a job with Kookabura. I had the opportunity to stay with Tasmania for another couple of years and since then I’ve been picked to play in the T20Is in Sri Lanka and got another opportunity here. It’s turned around quickly and I’m grateful for that.”

First Published: Oct 06, 2017 19:15 IST