Kohli is the 'big dog’ at the moment, says Chris Morris

Leading 3-0, India is on the threshold of securing its first-ever ODI series win in South Africa, with the fourth match scheduled for Saturday.

Chris Morris said that South Africa was not too far off from victory in the first three matches despite the scoreline saying something else.   -  Getty Images

Dismissing “big dog” Virat Kohli cheaply could be key to an embattled South Africa’s chances of halting India’s fine run in the ongong ODI series, feels all-rounder Chris Morris.

Leading 3-0, India is on the threshold of securing its first-ever ODI series win in South Africa, with the fourth match scheduled for Saturday.

“You always want to get the main dog out in a team. Kohli’s the big dog and the guy is scoring runs for them at the moment,” Morris said at the pre-match press conference. He felt that getting Kohli cheaply would have been key, given the remaining Indian batsmen haven’t done much.

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“34 ODI hundreds speaks for itself. He’s got a hundred in every single country he’s played in. The guy’s in serious form at the moment, and he’s in form anywhere he plays in the world. He’s a good player but we know if we bowl well enough to him we could get him out. We know he’s the main guy in the team, and if we can get him out we can put India under pressure,” he said.

Morris said that South Africa was not too far off from victory in the first three matches despite the scoreline saying something else.

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“In saying that, we were millimeters away in Cape Town, we were millimeters away in Durban. No edge there (in Cape Town) and it’s a different game, Faf takes a blinder (in Durban) and it’s a different game. It’s a game of centimeters and millimeters at the moment. But he’s in serious form and we’re just going to have to do as well as we can to combat that.”

The pitch at the Wanderers is expected to be a typical South African batting track with lots of pace and bounce. “The pitch usually speeds up at night and obviously their spinners outdid us on that pitch. Simple as that, we’ve just got to be better. Like I said no hiding behind it, no excuses — we’ve just got to play better than India,” Morris said.