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Rohit another batsman after Kohli that can give Australia plenty of headache


Devdiscourse News Desk brisbane Australia
Updated: 19-11-2018 15:00 IST
Rohit another batsman after Kohli that can give Australia plenty of headache

Besides India captain Virat Kohli, Rohit is another batsman that could give the home team plenty of a headache in the limited-overs leg of the series beginning Wednesday. (image Credit: Twitter)

Trap him in front of the stumps with a sharp inswinger or test him with a short ball: These could be the tactics employed by Australia against dangerous India opener Rohit Sharma, says pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Besides India captain Virat Kohli, Rohit is another batsman that could give the home team plenty of a headache in the limited-overs leg of the series beginning Wednesday.

"He's an unbelievable player. His record speaks for itself. He's got a good record all around the world, so he's a definite player to watch," Coulter-Nile said at the Gabba on Monday.

"But we've also had a bit of success against him with the new ball as well – I think 'Dorff' (Jason Behrendorff) got him out last time we played him – rapped him on the pads – so we'll look to do that again early."

Coulter-Nile also fancies bowling short to Rohit, who has an impressive record in Australia and has scored 810 runs at an average of 62.31 in the last eight years.

Left-arm pacer Behrendorff could be Australia's trump card as he had troubled the Indians with a sensational spell of four for 21 in a T20 played in Guwahati last year. He had sent back the Indian top-four including Rohit and Kohli.

"Everyone knows he's a fantastic option up front. He'll swing it here – it's beautiful conditions for it today, hopefully, the same sort of conditions (on Wednesday), it'll swing early. Hopefully, we hold our chances because he'll definitely create a few," added Coulter-Nile.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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