Virat Kohli’s 71 International Centuries is something most cricketers can’t achieve: Aaron Finch


India will start their home game against Australia on September 20. The next T20I match will take place in Nagpur on September 23, followed by the third and final T20I match in Hyderabad on September 25.

“You would be a very very brave man to write Virat off at any stage. He has shown for 15 years now that he is one of the best players. Especially in T20 cricket he is someone who has developed his game and his game over for such a long period of time. You always try to prepare as best you can when you take on Virat,” Finch said at a pre-match press conference. ”

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He’s super, 71 international hundreds, that’s just ridiculous,” he added. The batter found his groove during the recently concluded 2022 Asia Cup and also reached his long-awaited 71 international tons after more than 1,000 days, scoring 276 runs in five innings averaging 92, with a century and two half centuries His highest individual score was 122 not out against Afghanistan, questioned on his own form, Finch said one is comfortable with criticism over a long period of time.

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“My form has been very good in T20 cricket for a long time. If you separate the ODI form from the T20 form, it is completely different. They are two completely different formats of the game,” he added.

Leading up to his ODI retirement, Finch was in terrible shape in that format, averaging just 169 runs in 13 ODIs this year at a 1pm average. He passed the 50-run mark in ODI only once this year in ODI with a best of 62. At the same time, his T20I stats were solid in 2022. In nine games this year, he scored 247 runs at an average of 30.87. He has the best score of 61* and two half centuries in the format this year. The skipper said star batter Steve Smith would most likely hit number three in the series.

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“He is free to play but he sees the situation match by match. Most likely he will hit number 3 while Mitch Marsh is out. We know the quality we have with Smith, he is one of the best he has ever had played the game. With his skill, tactics and game sense that he has, we are confident that he can play any role given to him very well,” he added.

Speaking of Tim David, who has been included in the Australian team for the tour and the T20 World Cup, Finch said the side is excited to see what he brings for the squad. “Tim has been super impressive in T20 cricket for a while now. He’s got the power and he’s shown that in different parts of the world wherever he’s played. He comes into the squad with a great attitude, he’s really Well he is a great all round package for us with his ability on the pitch and ability to bowl a few overs,” he added.

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When asked if playing sweeps, reverse sweeps and lapshots during practice was done with Indian conditions in mind, the Australian skipper said there is no need to read much into them and they were practicing for what they were doing. could encounter. “In these conditions you always try to improve. I think the strength of the squad is the ability to keep going and grow. We’ve seen how much the game has developed in ten years. As a player you have to find ways to improve and stay ahead of the competition,” he added.


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