Virat Kohli in no mood to get into confrontations with Australia: Do not see the need

first_imgVirat Kohli has always maintained that his team won’t back down from any challenge or sledging on the field but he has also made it very clear that India won’t go out looking to start any fights or arguments with the opposition, a point which he reiterated on Sunday.Kohli has in the past had quite a few run-ins with the Aussie cricketers and the fans. He was once infamously seen showing the middle finger to the fans on the boundary line during his first tour down under in 2011-12.But the Indian captain feels he is more assured of himself now and does not feel the need to get involved in any confrontation with the opposition.Known for his on-field aggression on the field, the 30-year-old was involved in war of words with the Australians in the previous tour but the India captain says he has learnt from his past experience and does not expect to see any such incident happening in this series.”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.”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 told ‘Macquarie Sports Radio’.advertisementKohli will look to realise India’s dream of winning its first Test series on Australian soil when he leads the team in a four-match contest, starting with the opening Test at Adelaide on December 6.And the Delhi batsman, who was the second highest run-scorer in the last Test series down under with 692 runs, expects an aggressive battle on the cards.”Not really, you might not see the same kind of stuff that happened in the last series. But I think in terms of their body language and intent that they have, I’m sure they’re still going to be aggressive in their minds,” said Kohli, who has scored over 10,000 runs at a whopping average of 59.83 in ODIs.”That’s the way Australia have always played, I don’t think there’s any other way they like to play their cricket. I don’t see any incidents happening on the field, I think it’s going to be competitive cricket,” the India 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,” Kohli said.(With PTI inputs)Also Read | Australia cricketers tend to break fine line between cheating and gamesmanship: GavaskarAlso Read | Virat Kohli furious at run-out decision during warm-up game at SCGAlso Read | Ex-Australia cricketers differ on ways to tackle the Virat Kohli threatAlso Read | Virat Kohli slammed after wearing shorts for toss at Test warm-uplast_img read more