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Australian T20 captain Aaron Finch has described Virat Kohli’s international record as ridiculously good, saying only a brave man would write off the star Indian veteran.
Kohli ended his 1021-day drought between international centuries last week when he brought up his maiden T20 ton in a 101-run Asia Cup win over Afghanistan.
It was a welcome return to triple figures for Kohli, whose position as a walk-up member in all three formats for India had been put in doubt following a lean 2022.
Australia will be able to closely analyse Kohli’s form during the coming three-match T20 series in India, which gets underway on Tuesday night (EST).
With the T20 World Cup in Australia just a month away, Finch is expecting Kohli to be a force.
“You’d be a very, very brave man to write off Virat at any stage,” Finch said.
“He’s shown for 15 years now that he’s one of the greatest players of all time.
“And particularly in T20 cricket, he’s someone who has developed his game and grown his game over such a long period.
“He’s super. He’s got 71 international hundreds. That’s just ridiculous isn’t it?”
T20 journeyman Tim David is set to make his debut for Australia in game one in India as the visitors attempt to plug holes left by Mitch Marsh (ankle) and Marcus Stoinis (side strain).
David has starred in domestic T20 leagues all around the world, and now has the perfect chance to audition for a World Cup berth.
Finch is confident the 26-year-old, who has played international cricket for Singapore, will thrive for Australia.
“Being an overseas player (in T20 domestic leagues) has its challenges at times, because the expectations are high,” Finch said.
“So the fact that Tim has experienced that all around the world already – that prepares you as well as you can for international cricket.”
Finch stepped down from the ODI captaincy earlier this month following a horror run of form with the bat.
But the 35-year-old has no immediate plans to walk away from T20 cricket.
“I’m not putting an end date on anything T20 related just yet,” he said.
“It’s still exciting. I love touring (India), I love touring with the Australian team.
“In T20 cricket I feel as though my form has been really good for quite a while now. If you separate the ODI form and the T20 form, they’re totally different.”
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