IND vs AUS: Langer clearly said – will not face Kohli, will try a special ‘plan’ – IND vs AUS we will have our plans in place for Virat Kohli says Justin Langer tspo

Story Highlights

  • Kohli will play the first match of the four-match series
  • After this, you will go home on paternity leave
  • Langer said – Captain Kohli will have to stop scoring runs

Australia coach Justin Langer said on Tuesday that his team would take a special strategy against Virat Kohli in the first Test starting in Adelaide from Thursday. Kohli will play the first match of the four-match series. After this, he will go home on paternity leave.

Langer said, ‘He is a great player and equally great captain. I respect him a lot, but special strategies have to be prepared for him. We know how important he is to the Indian team as a captain and batsman.

He said in a virtual press conference, ‘It is equally important to execute the strategy. They have to be stopped from scoring runs. After all, he can leave the most impact with the bat. Till now we have understood and seen them a lot and that too us.

Langer said that his team will focus on technique and will find ways to force them out instead of confronting Kohli.

He said, ‘We will try to get Virat out, he is such a great player that we are not even talking about him being sacked. This is nonsense, we play on skill and not on emotions. We have to control emotions.

Justin Langer and national selector Trevor Hohns chat with Steven Smith and Nathan Lyon (Getty)

Australia has played more pink ball matches than India, but Langer says that his team will not get any benefit due to this. He said, ‘I have always said that the best teams and players adapt to the situation. No matter how big the match and whatever color the ball is. What happened in the past will not make much difference, but it would be good to repeat it.

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The coach said, ‘We have not played Test for a year. Will have to do well on the field. Whether it is day or night match or day. I don’t think past performance matters. ‘

The hosts had to face defeat in the 2018-19 series, but Langer said that there is no sense of revenge among his players. He said, “Revenge is not a very good word, it would be fine to say rivalry.”

He gave credit to the Indian Premier League (IPL) for increasing mutual coordination and sportsmanship between the players. The coach said, ‘The limited overs series was played in a very good environment and I hope that the same will continue. They will play competitive cricket, but with sportsmanship. The advantage of IPL is that players get to know each other. Good relationships are made.