Below is my pick from the early performance points picks in the Australia-India Series happening down under.
England v India
V Kohli Over 85 performance points @ 1.83 (Bet365) – 2.5 points
This is a test match between India and Australia in the 1st test of the series.
My backing is going now more than ever on the new Indian Skipper Virat Kohli. Kohli has had a mixed year in international cricket, but has peaked up some form during the recent Sri Lanka & West Indies ODI Series. He has started out the Test series in fantastic fashion as well, and now leads the team in his first game as captain on a foreign tour.
Kohli struggled on earlier in his test career while he was establishing himself, but will look to build up his average as he progresses and averaged 57 in his last season in test cricket which included a drubbing over Australia at home. On his last tour to Australia he averaged 45; scoring a century and 300 runs in the series and will want to build on that performance.
This match is expected to be an emotional one because of the passing away of Phil Hughes, but the Indians especially under aggressive captain Kohli will want to nail down a marker early in this series to take advantage of the emotionally drive Aussies. Kohli has started off the series in good form retiring out after a 66 in their last tour game as well as adding a 60 in the previous one, to keep him in good form ahead of the series. Compared to many other Indian batsman, he is one who has every shot in the book and can turn on the magic at any given time. He also loves overseas conditions as the pace and bounce is something he enjoys compared to many other batsman. Leaving aside the poor tour to England, in South Africa last year he averaged 68 in the series with a Century to his name and also averaged 71 against New Zealand away from home.
Why I also like Kohli to knock this bet off, is because he is a livewire in the field. He will probably field in the slips for most of the games, and a lot of balls happen to go there in test cricket. He also has a rocket arm, and there is always a chance of a run out with him on the ball.