SYDNEY: India captain
says he is now more confident of himself than the last tour here and does not feel the need to get involved in any confrontation with the Australians in the upcoming Test series.
Kohli will look to realize India’s dream of winning a Test series on Australian soil when he leads the team in a four-match contest, starting with the opening match in Adelaide on December 6.
Known for his on-field aggressive temperament, the 30-year-old Kohli was involved in the sledging war with the Australians in the last tour but the Indian captain said that he has learned his past experience from the series.
“I think from last time round, I’ve become more assured of myself, I do not really find the need,” Kohli said Macquarie Sports Radio.
“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 pure and solely on the team’s win any cost.
“So … I do not find the need to get involved in anything with the opposition and I think those are changes that are happening gradually as you go forward,” he said.
Ever since Australian cricket plunged in crisis following the year-long ball-tampering bans on Steve Smith and David Warner, there was a lot of discussion on the spirit of the game and bringing a culture in the Aussies.
Kohli, who has scored 6331 runs including 24 centuries from 73 Tests at an average of 54.57, still expects an aggressive battle on the cards.
“Not really, you can not see the same kind of stuff that happened in the last series. But I think in terms of their body language and intent, I am sure they still have their minds in the aggressive , “said Kohli, who has scored over 10,000 runs at a whopping average of 59.83 in ODIs.
“That’s the way Australia has always played, I do not think there is any other way they like to play their cricket. I do not see any events happening on the field, I think it’s competitive cricket,” Indian captain said.
“They’re definitely going to bring their A-game and expect us to bring ours, so we definitely expect stiff competition from Australia as always and we’re definitely not taking anything for granted.”