Let the cricketing ability do the talking: Kohli gears up for first Test
Indian captain Virat Kohli believes the teams don’t need to get into opposition’s skin as the teams are full of skilled players who can do the talking with their cricketing abilities.
Ahead of the first Test against Australia, Kohli promises to not cross the line and believes the stuff won’t happen this time which happened last time between the teams when they toured Australia.
In the press conference on Wednesday, Kohli said;
“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.”
However, the Indian captain also insisted both the teams will try to get into their heads, but it won’t be as the same level as the last time.
“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.”
Kohli also believes a bit of banter here and there is not harmful between the two sides.
“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),” Kohli concluded.