IND vs AUS T20: Mitchell Johnson feels it is good for India that Virat Kohli is back among runs again
IND vs AUS T20: Australian pace legend Mitchell Johnson said that it is good for Team India that star batter Virat Kohli is back among runs once again.
During the just finished Asia Cup 2022, in which he also scored his eagerly awaited 71st international century, Kohli gave off strong hints of his peak form.
In the competition, he scored 276 runs at an average of 92.00. Kohli’s willow produced one century and two solid fifties, with his highest total coming against Afghanistan at 122*. Kohli finished as the second-highest run-getter in the competition behind Pakistan Mohammad Rizwan (281).
“It is good for India when their best player can make runs and keep the side confident. He is that player who changed the focus of the team when he took on the captaincy. The team will be happy that he is scoring runs,” said Johnson to ANI on Saturday.
Johnson noted that anything can happen in a World Cup competition when discussing India’s chances in the ICC T20 World Cup, which begins next month and follows a lacklustre Asia Cup in which they finished third in the Super Four stage.
“When it comes to World Cup, you just enjoy the moment. You need to focus, they are all big games. Indians are used to playing big games because of IPL, playing in front of large crowds with a lot of pressure. I think all that stuff (Asia Cup performance) will be behind them,” he added.
ICC T20 World Cup 2022 will start from October 16 and will go on till November 13.
On Australia’s upcoming series with India starting from October 20, Johnson said, “They have to be looking at winning the series in tough conditions, will give them confidence heading into the World Cup. They should have a solid team and a settled team going into it. It will be a great series.”
The series, consisting of three T20Is, will start on October 20 and will go on till October 25.
Johnson said that it is nice to be back in India and playing Legends League Cricket.
“It is my first time playing here. I spoke to Brett Lee as to what was his experience during last season. He said that he enjoyed it. There was something I was nervous about, playing cricket with past injuries, being a bit older. But I am looking forward to playing with the past players who have played with me and against me and just enjoy ourselves,” he added.
The fast bowler remarked that Eden Gardens is one of his favourite cricket grounds.
“I remember playing an ODI series. I got Gautam Gambhir out. The crowd went quiet. It was about 90,000 people. I have always had great experiences in Kolkata. Crowds have always been loud and supportive. They like watching good cricket,” he added.
In a special exhibition game of the Legends League Cricket 2022 played here at the Eden Gardens on Friday, Yusuf Pathan’s unbroken 50 and Tanmay Srivastava’s scorching 54-run knock helped India Maharajas defeat World Giants by six wickets.
India honoured its 75th year of freedom during the inaugural game between the India Maharajas and the World Giants. Former players from India made up India Maharajas, while former players from other countries made up World Giants.
On September 17, Virender Sehwag’s Gujarat Giants and Gautam Gambhir’s India Capitals will square off in Kolkata for the league opener. The four-team league will also include Manipal Tigers and Bhilwara Kings, each led by Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan.
Johnson is a part of India Capitals.
The other venues for the upcoming Legends League Cricket, which continues until October 8, are Lucknow, New Delhi, Cuttack, and Jodhpur.