Australia should not become pussycats while dealing with Kohli: Hughes

Former Australia cricketer Kim Hughes has urged Aussies to behave in their natural way and believes they should not feel shy when it comes to take on against the Indian captain Virat Kohli.

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Kohli does not have a good relation with Australia since last year’s ‘brainfade’ scandal.

Just when the Australia-India series started to knock on the door, the off-field battle already started even before the start of the series. The Indian captain has already said that he will not sledge, however he also warned that if Australia sledge, then his side won’t back off.

Meanwhile, Hughes said Australia should remain in their known attitude and should not turn into pussy cats while taking on Kohli.

“You are not going to become pussycats. That’s not racially vilifying him (Kohli) at all or anything like that but just a good stare, or a couple of words, that’s part of the Australian way.”

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The former Australian also admitted that Kohli is the best batsman in the world at the moment and feels getting under his skin will be an ideal solution sometimes to built some pressure on him.

“Some are just unflappable, it doesn’t seem to matter what happens to them, like a Clive Lloyd – nothing seemed to phase him. Where a Kohli, you just get the feeling that if things didn’t go well, and you could keep the pressure on him, he might chuck the toys out of the cart,”

“I saw him get a run-out once and he was blowing kisses, this sort of stuff. Therefore, and I think the other thing, the Indian players all gain a tremendous amount of faith and belief in him. That’s why, if you can, you can really get into him, more mentally. The real challenge for him is to stay calm, don’t get too emotionally,” Hughes concluded.

The clash against the men in yellow and the men in blue will begin with the T20I series on Wednesday.

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