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PONTING: AUSTRALIA NEED TO CURB KOHLI TO SUCCEED IN INDIA

PONTING: AUSTRALIA NEED TO CURB KOHLI TO SUCCEED IN INDIA


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The 42 year old former Australian captain thinks that team Australia need to target the Indian skipper and they should try to stop him from scoring  runs.


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The former Australian captain thinks that the 28 year old Indian skipper Virat Kohli is the best batsman in the ODIs and thinks it will be Ill- timed to level him great in the test matches.


Ponting added: "Is he the best batsman in the world? Yeah, he probably is. I thought he was six or seven months ago and he's probably taken it to another level since then,"


"Is it too premature to call him the best ever? You can probably say that right now as far as his one-day cricket is concerned. His one-day record is outstanding and probably better than anybody that's ever played the game given how many hundreds (27) he's made but let's give him a few years yet in the Test series side of things.

"It's too early yet to be talking about him being one of the greats. I think the great players we always talk about -- the Tendulkars, the Laras, the Kallises -- those guys played 120, 130-200 Test matches. Virat's not even halfway along that path,"


After that the 42 year old Australian skipper did against his side against oncoming Kohli menace on their four match test series which will start from late February.


Ponting thinks Team Australia should try to get Kohli out as early as possible.


He added: "The one thing about Virat Kohli is whenever there's any confrontation, he does get a little bit outside of his comfort zone. You can see that he gets ultra-aggressive, which may be a good thing for him or maybe good for the opposition,"


"We will wait and see what happens. I think he's a similar sort of character to me as well. He wears his heart on his sleeve. He's pretty animated. He's a very aggressive player.

"One thing I learnt about playing in India is the momentum that the home team can create, you have to try and stop that.

"Someone like Virat, you have to take his boundary-scoring areas away and make him score his runs in different areas or make him bat for a longer time to make his runs,"

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TEST

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 28 3499 125
2 South Africa 32 3589 112
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 New Zealand 23 2354 102
5 England 36 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 31 2914 94
7 Pakistan 17 1463 86
8 Bangladesh 16 1202 75
9 West Indies 22 1484 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 42 5257 125
2 India 45 5492 122
3 South Africa 34 3842 113
4 New Zealand 41 4602 112
5 Australia 32 3327 104
6 Pakistan 32 3279 102
7 Bangladesh 24 2220 93
8 Sri Lanka 43 3302 77
9 West Indies 29 1989 69
10 Afghanistan 28 1758 63
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 23 2990 130
2 Australia 15 1894 126
3 India 32 3932 123
4 New Zealand 22 2542 116
5 England 17 1951 115
6 South Africa 18 2058 114
7 West Indies 18 2048 114
8 Afghanistan 22 1917 87
9 Sri Lanka 27 2287 85
10 Bangladesh 21 1570 75