As India get ready to take on Australia in the upcoming T20 series, the spotlight will rightly be on captain Virat Kohli. However, his deputy Rohit Sharma has proved in the recent past that he is perhaps the most vital cog in India's batting in the shortest format.
The Australian bowling attack has taken note of Rohit's prolific run and have chalked out specific plans to counter his threat. Nathan Coulter-Nile believes that Rohit is a compulsive puller and hence, they will target him short-pitched stuff.
"[Rohit] is an unbelievable player, he's got a good record all round the world, so he's definitely a player to watch but we've also had success with the new ball as well," Coulter-Nile said at a press-conference in Brisbane.
'We'll look to hit Rohit on the pads'
"I think Dorff got him out the last time we played him, hit him on the pad, so we'll look to do that again early. Big square boundaries here, so we might test him a little bit, he's a good puller of the ball but he is compulsive as well so we'll try to get him out there," he further added.
Sledging and verbals have already found a lot of voices even before the series has begun, but Coulter-Nile believes that the T20 matches are too short to fire volleys at each other.
"I've never been sledged by them. T20 its a little bit hard to sledge, you don't have that time in the field to really get angry, so I don't think you'll see too much of it during the T20s. I don't talk to any of the batters personally, in T20s I don't think people have too much to say. If they get an opportunity I don't think that'll happen, it'll just be talk with the ball, talk with the bat," the pacer added.