New Delhi: India's star batsman, Virat Kohli will hope to break the run-scoring drought in pitch assisting pace when India play West Indies in the fourth ODI in Dharamsala on Friday. Kohli has struggled off late against swing bowling on good bouncy conditions especially in England, and he will face stiff test against the Windies bowlers.
Kohli's 134 runs in 10 innings against England in the Test series of summer 2014, showed a dark contrast of form and lack of application in the middle. He managed to score only 54 runs in four ODI internationals in England.
Virat, who scored a good looking 62 in the second ODI against the Windies in New Delhi, had cited that he got his touch back after the fighting knock. For India, Kohli needs to play another pivotal role as Mahendra Singh Dhoni led team will look to go 2-1 up in the series, with the third ODI cancelled due to cyclone Hudhud.
The Delhi batsman has been emphatic in all formats of the game and has scored consistently over recent years. For him, it will be another day out in the middle but a golden opportunity to get his grip back on swing conditions against a good Windies bowling unit.
Ahead of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, India face Aussie challenge down-under in a four-match Test series followed by a triangular ODI event involving England. Friday's encounter is a big chance for the decorated batsman to get his bat talking, as a more lethal set of pace attack awaits him on foreign soil.
Then he can leave all the worries about World Cup.