I am finding it difficult to play Peter Siddle: Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli takes a run off Peter Siddle during the third Test at the WACA in Perth Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Adelaide: Jan 22, 2012

Indian middle-order batsman Virat Kohli, who scored a fighting 44 and missed on a century in the third Test against Australia after being dismissed for 75, accepted that he is facing struggling against Australia pacer Peter Siddle.

“All the Aussies bowlers are bowling accurately – a fantastic line and not offering any width. I am handling Ryan (Harris) well, but I am finding it difficult to play Siddle. He is the fastest among them. I am always extra cautious while facing Siddle’s deliveries,” Kohli said after India s training session.

The right-handed batsman accepted that batting in Australian conditions is lot more tougher.

He said, “Yes, bounce is a problem here hence I am trying to play straight. You have to use horizontal bat shots like the cut and pull, but I am trying to play much straighter.”

“It is a great challenge to have a success in Australia. I am trying to learn with every passing day. This is a great educational tour for me,” he was quoted as saying by MiD DAY.

Kohli also expressed his disappointment on missing out on a century in the third Test at Perth.

“I could not imagine that three wickets (Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma) fell in the space of five balls. I thought I could easily get to the three-figure mark with the tailenders, but unfortunately I couldn’t,” said Kohli.