We try to steer clear of engagement with Virat Kohli as it brings out the best in him: Josh Hazlewood

Josh Hazlewood says Australia prefers to “stay clear of engagement” with Indian captain Virat Kohli every time he’s batting as it brings out the best in him.

India skipper Virat Kohli with Cheteshwar Pujara. (Reuters Photo)


  • We try to in all probability keep clear of engagement with Kohli: Hazlewood
  • Pujara actually places a value on his wicket and we noticed that final time in Australia: Josh Hazlewood
  • India are scheduled to tour Australia later this yr for a full fledged collection

Australia pacer Josh Hazlewood on Saturday revealed that his group likes to keep away from any variety of confrontation with India skipper Virat Kohli as it brings out the best in him whereas he’s batting.

India are slated to start their tour of Australia in October as they’re scheduled to play a 3-match T20I collection between October 11 and 17.

The much-anticipated 4-Test collection will kickstart from December 3. Brisbane will host the collection opener whereas Adelaide will host the 2nd Test, which will likely be a day-night affair with the pink ball.

Speaking on Star Sports present Cricket Connected, Hazlewood talked about bowling to Kohli.

“We try to probably stay clear of engagement, obviously. I think that was fully evident throughout the (last Test) series (in 2018),” Hazlewood stated.

“I think he likes to get in that tussle and it probably brings out the best in him, especially when he’s batting, that was always a no-go-zone for the bowlers.”

Also, Hazlewood stated that the case is completely different when Kohli is main the group out on the area.

“I feel it’s a distinct case if the guys are batting and he is in the area, you already know they’ll get him engaged there and kind of working him out a little bit bit if potential.

“…however actually when he was batting, it was simply leaving him to his personal gadgets, and hopefully, we get him in a bit of a switched off temper and take benefit of that,” the pacer stated, referring to the deliberate upcoming engagements.

Hazlewood additionally admitted that Cheteshwar Pujara is one participant who wears down the bowlers with his workman-like strategy to batting.

“Pujara will grind you down and make you’re employed for his wicket, he actually places a value on his wicket and we noticed that final time in Australia.”

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