Kohli on sledging: The Indian captain believes that he doesn’t need to get involved in anything with the opposition on the field.
There is no hiding to the fact that India captain Virat Kohli holds the key for his team in the imminent Test series down under. With the bat in hand, Kohli possesses the power to change the fortune of the series, such has been his domination across formats and conditions in the recent years.
Talking of playing in Australia, it was in the country that Kohli scored his maiden Test hundred (2012) and captained India for the first time in Test matches (2014). In which is Kohli’s third full tour of Australia, the 30-year old right-hand batsman feels more assured ahead of the first Test to be played from December 6 at Adelaide.
“You learn from every series, every tour, every game that you play. I think from last time round, I’ve become more assured of myself, I don’t really find the need to prove anything to anyone,” Kohli was quoted as saying to Sydney-based Macquarie Sports Radio.
Laying emphasis on doing what the team requires him to do, Kohli said that him touring around the world is more of a ‘process’ now. “It’s all about doing what the team wants me to do and just giving my 100% on the field, it’s a gradual process, I don’t really feel anything different when I go to tour countries now, it’s more a process now,” he said.
With 73 Test matches and numerous milestones under his belt, an experienced Kohli added that his focus has solely shifted from ‘personal milestones’ to ‘making the team win’ now.
“In the early stage of my career I used to think of these things as important milestones which are really important in one’s career, but now the focus is purely and solely on making the team win at any cost.
“So, I don’t find the need to get involved in anything with the opposition and I think those are changes that keep happening gradually as you go forward,” Kohli added.
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on Kohli below:
— CricketNDTV (@CricketNDTV) December 2, 2018
“We know he is a good player but I think we have got good bowlers to do this job.”
Travis Head on how best Australia can tackle the Kohli challenge.
— ICC (@ICC) December 2, 2018
Older, wiser and perhaps better than ever, Virat Kohli has his sights firmly fixed on a series win that could come to define his legacy. @AdamBurnett09‘s must-read feature on India’s superstar #AUSvIND https://t.co/WVOLzCWOjm pic.twitter.com/tvbdHv3BbJ
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 2, 2018
In fact kohli did it in England too. But just coz BCCI posted this today, sabke andar ka “sports critic” jaag utha hai. We make such an issue out of absolutely nothing!! SMH pic.twitter.com/sO3dIZdN2X
— Ashish Kaisare (@ashishkaisare) November 29, 2018
— Virat Kohli Àddiçtor (@imabhivirat) December 2, 2018