Virat Kohli pointed to his own attack of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, saying they were "at the peak of their abilities".
Virat Kohli pointed to his own attack of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, saying they were “at the peak of their abilities”.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli said he was impressed by the Optus Stadium, Perth which will host its first ever Test when Australia take on India in the 2nd Test of the four match series starting Friday, December 14, and is not concerned by a wicket that is set to favour fast bowlers, with Australia having a world-class line-up of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.

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The Test will be the first at the new 60,000-capacity Perth Stadium, whose wicket is likely to be fast and bouncy like the old WACA, just over the Swan River.

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He pointed to his own attack of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, saying they were “at the peak of their abilities”.

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“We certainly get more excited than nervous looking at lively pitches now because we understand that we do have a bowling attack that can bowl the opposition out as much as they are confident about their attack,” he said.

“When you have fast bowlers who are at the peak of their abilities it is always a great thing to have in the side.

“And as batsmen it gives us a lot of motivation and boosts us up to put in those significant match-winning batting performances, because we have so much belief in our bowling unit at the moment.

“We understand that if we bat well, we will definitely get the result that we want.”

Despite Kohli’s confidence, he cautioned his team not be  complacent, noting that “we need to keep repeating good things to win series”.

India: Virat Kohli (capt), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav