Melbourne: With the series locked at 1-1, the 3rd Test match at Melbourne Cricket Ground has assumed great significance and Virat Kohli is trying his best to motivate his players ahead of the crucial encounter.
As per team sources, Captain Kohli has warned his batsmen that everyone batting in Top 7 will have to score minimum 50 runs if they want to avoid watching the Bollywood film Zero. Virat Kohli took this decision after watching the film himself.
Zero starring Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma released across the world on Friday and initial reviews suggest that the film is worse than Indian opening combination.
Virat Kohli saw the film on Saturday while most members of the squad faked one injury or the other to avoid it after reading some of the reviews. However, there won’t be any hiding place for the batsmen now if they fail to perform in Melbourne.
Speaking to Faking News, our anonymous source said, “Our batsmen are just not putting up the runs to help our bowlers so Virat has decided on this motivational tool. Either you score 50 runs or bat for 100 balls if you want to avoid the film. He has already got a copy of the film from Anushka and a big screen has been installed in the Indian dressing room at the MCG. Batsmen returning without scoring a 50 will be shown the film first and then allowed to remove the pads. Batsmen getting out in single digits will be shown the film twice.”
When asked if there is any similar plan for the bowlers, our source said, “Our bowlers have been performing well so they have been spared this punishment but Ishant has been warned that any no-ball can result in 5 minutes viewing penalty and if the total number of no balls for the Test match crosses 10, he may be subjected to the full movie torture.”
Meanwhile, in related news, KL Rahul has told the team management that he is injured and won’t be able to play in the next Test match.