Australian pacer Pat Cummins expectedly considers Virat Kohli the "big" wicket he would target in the upcoming series against India and said that keeping the visiting captain quiet would be important to the home team's chances.
The Indian cricket team is currently in Australia for a full series that includes three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals followed by a four-Test rubber. The tour will start with ODIs in Sydney on November 27.
"I think every side has that one or two batters and they are the big wickets. Most teams have their captain — Joe Root for England, Kane Williamson for New Zealand, and Virat Kohli for India. You feel like if you get their wickets that goes a long way in winning the game," Cummins told Fox Sport.
"He (Kohli) is always the big one. The commentators talk about him non-stop, so hopefully, we can keep him quiet," he added.
Cummins, who recently played for Kolkata Knight Riders, is one of the 11 Australian players currently quarantining after returning from the UAE, following the conclusion of the IPL. The 14-day quarantine-cum-training period will end on the eve of the first ODI at the SCG.
"It's good to be back here in Sydney. Obviously, we are quarantined but we are let out for a couple of hours a day. We have been in the middle of it (cricket in bio-secure bubbles) for three or four months now so we're starting to get used to it," the lanky pacer stated.
"But it'll be weird – we get out Thursday night and then we will go and join the boys at a hotel but there is a good chance we won't see them until we literally turn up to the SCG on Friday," Cummins added.
Cummins, who has been named in both the white and red-ball squads as vice-captain, said Australia is well prepared to give the Virat Kohli-led side a tough fight in the series.
"It's going to be huge (the series). Obviously, we are back here on home soil. Other than spending a lot of time in hotels and bubbles, I feel like our preparation has actually been really good."
"We went over to the UK and had a good tour there. Most of the boys here have been playing 14 T20 matches in the last few months and the other guys coming in will be playing shrewd cricket. So, it feels like we're all firing up and got a lot of stuff behind us," he said.
Cummins, who is the no. 1 bowler in the ICC Test rankings, also reckoned that over the past two years, he has improved as a bowler.