Virat Kohli on Australian team: The Indian captain spoke against taking Australia for granted in the imminent series.
With just a day away from the all-important first Test of India’s tour of Australia at Adelaide, India captain Virat Kohli has showed signs of both teams going hard at each other.
While the 30-year old cricketer laid emphasis on ‘attacking’ the opposition, he also made it a point to mention that ‘lines won’t be crossed’. “I don’t see stuff happening, which has happened in the past where both teams have crossed the line.
“But still it’s a competitive sport at the end of the day and it’s international cricket. We don’t expect guys to just come, bowl and walk back,” Kohli was quoted as saying during press conference on the eve of the match.
He admitted that there will be times when the opposition team will try to put additional pressure on the batsman by getting into his head. “Obviously, there are going to be times when you have to put the batsmen under pressure. Not necessarily crossing the line, but just get into their heads which you expect from any side in the world, not just Australia. It’s going to be there, but it’s not going to happen at the level, which has happened in the past, where both teams have lost control,” he added.
Talking of skills which both the teams possess in abundance, Kohli said that it is that which will decide the fate of the matches and not mere banters. While some people are taking the current Australian team lightly, Kohli opined that India can’t take them for granted.
“But I don’t see anything radical happening because the skill-set is high and we necessarily wouldn’t need to get into anything but at times when situations are difficult you do find ways to upset the rhythm. I think a bit of banter there, it is not harmful at all.
“You definitely can’t take any side for granted and more so Australia in Australia because regardless of what happened, skill level is still there. So you have to respect that. At the end of the day, however you talk or behave in a certain manner, it’s your skill level that comes (into play),” he concluded.
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— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 4, 2018
India have announced their 12 for the first #AUSvIND Test!
Kohli (c), Rahane, Rahul, Vijay, Pujara, Rohit, Vihari, Pant, Ashwin, Shami, Ishant, Bumrah.
Who will be the one to miss out? pic.twitter.com/edElklldN9
— ICC (@ICC) December 5, 2018
— CricketNDTV (@CricketNDTV) December 5, 2018
In the seven series in SENA countries, Virat Kohli has managed 795 runs at 56.79 in the opening Tests. Will he again set the tone for the keenly awaited series which starts in Adelaide? @deeputalks looks at the numbers: https://t.co/yCx5VJdQKT #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/9xOaQrDlTG
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) December 4, 2018