Virat Kohli will not be seeing his greatest days within the ongoing tour of New Zealand together with his batting efficiency not being up to his exceptional degree. The India captain has performed 9 innings thus far throughout codecs in New Zealand, wherein he has managed simply 201 runs. Kohli was dismissed for 2 and 19 within the first Test in Wellington, which his facet misplaced by 10 wickets. Now, forward of 2nd Test, which can start from Saturday in Christchurch, New Zealand batsman Tom Latham revealed how Kiwis are planning to tackle Kohli.
“When Virat comes out to bat we will be ready. He is a quality player and there is a reason why he is up around that No 1 rank for such a period of time,” Latham mentioned on the pre-match press convention on Thursday.
“He has done it for long time and done it in all conditions. If the surface is conducive to sideways movement we will try and exploit that,” Latham added.
The proper-hander additional mentioned that return of left-arm seamer Neil Wagner, who was injured in the course of the first Test, will enhance Kiwi’s bowling assault. “I haven’t yet seen him but when he rocks up for training he will be absolutely fizzing up to get going and obviously he will be raring to go. He is been a quality performer for a number of years for us,” Latham mentioned.
He added that the bounce on Hagley Oval floor will additional give Wagner a bonus. “It’s something that Neil has obviously been so good at for so long and he is second to none in terms of accuracy. He is a short guy and that makes him harder to play. If the surface is up for that plan he will be looking to go round with that,” he mentioned.
New Zealand have taken an unassailable 1-zero lead within the two-match Test sequence.
(With inputs from PTI)