Skipper Run machine Virat Kohli is all set to return after the first Test between India VS Australia; with his return, the Indian batting side will be in a stern challenge. But Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell believes the starry Indian batting is solid enough to thrive without Virat Kohli.
Even though Virat Kohli will be absent, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Ajinkya Rahane, and Cheteshwar Pujara have enough talent to pose a serious threat to Australia, and Maxwell is aware of that.
Although Maxwell is not part of Australia’s Test squad, he feels that Australia should be worried about KL Rahul’s great form as he bagged the Purple Cap in IPL for scoring 670 runs from 14 matches.
“India has still got back-ups, more than capable of playing that role. We saw KL Rahul; the performance that he put on during the last IPL was extraordinary. Whether he opens the batting or not, I am sure he will be just as good a player,” said Glenn Maxwell during a virtual media interaction.
During the virtual media interaction, Maxwell spoke highly of the opening pair of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, who are more likely to open for India in ODIs and T20Is.
“Well, I would say Mayank-Rahul are the two lovely guys I have ever met. It was a pleasure to spend the change room with them, two excellent players, they score all-round the wicket and have got minimal weaknesses,” Maxwell added.
“I suppose ODI cricket might be a bit different as compared to T20. Hopefully, with our bowling attack, we can put some pressure on them, and with a bounce in the pitches and bigger grounds as well, they play into our hands. They are good performers and good players,” Maxwell said.
As far as India’s bowling concern, Maxwell impressed with Mohammed Shami with the way he comes around in the last couple of years with improved fitness and a spring in his step. Shami is also his teammate at KXIP.
“A guy like Mohammed Shami, whom I have played within the recent IPL, and played with him in Delhi as well. I saw the skill that he has. He has got good skills at the death overs as well as with the new ball. His ability to get moving on pitches will be key to them,” Maxwell further added.
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