India captain Virat Kohli has become a thorn in the eye due to several protests, but no team likes to test Kohli more. Over the years, Kohli and Australia have been on each other’s throats on the field and shared a bitter-sweet relationship over the years. This time, the rivalry between Kohli and Australia will not be as intense as Kohli’s return to India after the first Test as in the previous tour, but exchange lack of intensity as long as he is around.
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Test captain Tim Paine has admitted that Australia and its players love to ‘hate Kohli’ as contestants, but also as fans, they like watching them bat.
He said, ‘I get asked a lot of questions about Virat Kohli. He is just another player for me that does not bother me. There’s not really a connection with him. To be fair, I see him in the toss and play against him and that’s about it, “Pine told ABC Sport.
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He said, ‘It’s funny with Virat, we like to hate him but we like to see him as a cricket lover. He is definitely polarizing in that type of scenario. We like to see him bat, but we don’t like him scoring many runs.
“Australia and India, it’s a hot competition and he’s clearly a competitive person and that’s why I am, so there were some years when we had words but it wasn’t because he was the captain and I was the captain, it could be. Was anyone
It was against Australia that Kohli scored his first Test century in Adelaide in 2012. During the 2014 tour, India had lost the series 0–2, with Kohli scoring 692 runs in four matches, including four centuries – twin centuries in the first Test in Adelaide. Last time, Kohli scored 282 runs and gave India a historic Test victory. With Kohli not having three of the four Test matches, Pine has an opportunity to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy for Australia.
“Being good as a player is always a little bit more stressful, it’s the same when you play against England, Joe Root or Ben Stokes. It is often the best player that your team goes up a bit, the intensity increases when the best players in the world come to the crease.
“I honestly look forward to doing everything, this is a big series. They clearly beat us here last time with a different team, and as I said the rivalry between the two countries builds up all the time, I think at some point you can test yourself against the best Let’s get what you see as players and as a team, and we certainly are. “
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