Kohli overcame a lengthy meager patch at the Asian Cup earlier this month and also scored his 71st international century. The hundred was his first since November 2019.
“It will be a very brave man to write off Virat Kohli. At every stage he has shown for 15 years now that he is one of the greatest players of all time,” Finch told India on the eve of the series opener. . .
“Especially in T20 cricket, he is someone who has developed and grown his game over such a long period of time that you always plan and prepare the best when you go up against him.
“He’s super and has 71 international centuries. That’s just ridiculous,” Finch said in a virtual media interview.
Finch will take center stage throughout the series after announcing his retirement from ODIs following his struggle with the bat.
He is expected to be at his best for the T20 World Cup at home.
“Over a long period of time you can get pretty comfortable with criticism, but in T20 cricket I feel like my form has been really good for a while. I think if you separate the ODI form and the T20 form , they’re completely different, they’re two different formats of the game,” said Finch.
Australia will be carrying out their plans here with a view to the World Cup at home where conditions will be very different. The Finch-led side will enter the ICC event as defending champions.
“Every decision we make, I think, has one eye on the World Cup and when I saw the wicket yesterday it looked like there was quite a bit of grass on it,” said Finch.
“And we know that in Mohali the ball can swing around and carry quite a bit, so I think we have to make sure we’re not too narrow-minded in terms of our focus.
“What we’ve been trying to do for the last six-eighth-10 months is make sure that everything we do in the T20 space is aligned with the World Cup and for us it’s about making sure that once we get there that we’ve had many different combinations of teams that we can play.”
Australia has laid off many older players, including David Warner, Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell March, for the India series.
T20 globetrotter Tim David, who has played international cricket for Singapore, is about to make his debut in Australia. He is seen as the x-factor in the team.
Finch confirmed that Steve Smith will hit number three on Tuesday.