ICC CWC 2023: Unveiling the Aussie aces ready to rattle Virat Kohli in ICC CWC 2023!
Ahmedabad, November 19: As the much-anticipated final of the ICC Cricket World Cup unfolds between India and Australia at Ahmedabad's Narendra Modi Stadium, the spotlight will undoubtedly be on India's cricket maestro, Virat Kohli. Kohli, a stalwart in the Men in Blue, has consistently delivered standout performances against the five-time world champions, making him the go-to man for India on grand stages across formats.
In their quest for a third World Cup title, India faces the formidable Australian side, eyeing their sixth championship victory. Kohli's exceptional record against Australia in ODIs further heightens expectations, with 2,313 runs in 48 encounters, boasting an average of 53.79, including eight centuries and 13 fifties in 46 innings.
As the cricketing world eagerly awaits Kohli's potential fireworks, two Australian bowlers, pacer Josh Hazlewood and spinner Adam Zampa, emerge as potential game-changers capable of challenging the batting maestro.
Hazlewood, with his impeccable pace, line, and length, has been a constant thorn in Kohli's side. The head-to-head battle has seen them clash in eight innings, where Kohli has managed a mere 54 runs in 88 balls, with 54 dots. Hazlewood's prowess has resulted in dismissing Kohli five times, maintaining an impressive average of 10.20 and an underwhelming strike rate of 57.95. Kohli's struggle to unleash big hits against Hazlewood is evident, with only three fours in the tally.
On the other hand, Kohli's encounters with spinner Adam Zampa have been relatively more favorable. Despite Zampa dismissing Kohli five times in 13 innings, Kohli has amassed 254 runs at an average of 50.80. Against Zampa, Kohli has faced 232 balls, with 70 dots, showcasing a balanced mix of boundaries – 20 fours and two sixes. Kohli's batting strike rate against Zampa is an impressive 109, indicating a more comfortable match-up compared to Hazlewood.
The battle between Kohli and Zampa promises to be a fascinating subplot in the World Cup final, as the Indian captain seeks to maintain his dominance over the Australian spinner. As the cricketing world holds its breath, the clash of these in-form players adds an extra layer of excitement to what promises to be a thrilling encounter on the grand stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
- With inputs from agencies