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Melbourne: Retiring Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has shed light on how his team’s efforts to unsettle Indian batting mainstay Virat Kohli have gone in vain till now. On the eve of the virtual quarterfinal of the World Twenty 20, Watson said that they have tried various techniques to break Kohli’s concentration on the field but nothing has really worked out. “We’ve tried a few different things. It hasn’t really worked. The silent treatment, we thought might work but he (Kohli) still just goes about his business and is able to churn out the runs. And we’ve also gone fairly hard at him as well, at times,” said Watson. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Australia, Match 31, ICC World T20 2016 at Mohali

“He knows his game incredibly well and whichever way we go we’re just going to have to be at our best to try and get him out early. Because once he gets in he certainly knows how to put pressure on bowlers,” the veteran all-rounder was quoted as saying by Kohli, who has emerged as the leading batsman in the world, has been a thorn, particularly for the Australians in the recent times. The flamboyant right-handed batsman dominated the ODI series between the two nations in a losing cause, posting two centuries and averaging 76.2 in five matches.

However, he followed it up with scores of 90 not out, 59 not out and 50 in the three-match T20 series which India won without even losing a single match.