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Players Like Virat Kohli Will Keep Test Cricket Alive: Allan Border

Virat Kohli-Allan Border. (Photo Credit: Cricket Australia)

Former Australian skipper Allan Border has  always been an ardent fan of Virat Kohli and once again he has spoken out his sentiments for the Indian skipper. In a recent interaction with Times of India, he spoke on the upcoming series between India and Australia focusing more on the Test series. Border is happy to see cricket resume in Australia and the Indian team starting off a fresh season in a high-voltage series.

Speaking to TOI, border predicted a Test series win for Australia by 2-1 and reasoned Kohli’s absence for the same.

“The one thing that is in Australia’s favour is Virat Kohli playing only the first Test. I think that is a big ‘out’ for India. He is irreplaceable at the moment as a batsman and a leader. Should be 2-1 to Australia” said Allan Border.

He further said that the return of Steve Smith & David Warner and the presence of other matchwinners in the side makes Australia a competitive side.

“Very confident of Australia’s chances, especially when playing in Australia,” are his measured words. Obviously, the presence of a quality pace attack, a high-class spinner in Nathan Lyon and the boost to the batting in the form of Steve Smith and David Warner gives Border a justified reason to be confident” Border added.

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I am a Big Fan of Virat Kohli-Allan Border

He then spoke about Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Border said it is players like Kohli and teams like India, Australia and England who can keep Test cricket alive.

“It is up to players like Kohli and teams like India, England and Australia to keep Test cricket alive from the growing threat of franchise cricket” said Border.

Allan Border concluded by saying that he is a fan of Virat Kohli’s aggressive approach of his play.

“He is an antagonist and plays aggressively. Look, I love the way he plays his game; he wears his heart on his sleeve. I like his aggression and passion for the game. India as a team will miss that. He is a special player, has serious talent and is part of this new India — that’s the way I look at it. The way India play the modern game, they have a very positive mindset, and Virat has led the way very well in those areas. I am a big fan,” concluded the former Australian skipper.

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