India vs Australia, 1st T20I at The Gabba: Itching to go out there and prove his mettle – India captain Virat Kohli seems all charged up ahead of the big battle against Australia, which is slated to begin on November 21 (Wednesday) at the iconic Gabba, Brisbane. The men in blue are scheduled to take on the hosts in the three-match T20I series followed by four Tests and three ODIs. Making a comeback after the extended-Diwali break, Kohli is returning to international action after opting to sit out of the three-game T20I series vs West Indies. Also Read - Former England Captain Alastair Cook Gives Thumbs Down For Shortened County Cricket Championship
During Team India’s latest practise session, the Indian skipper was seen toiling hard to acclimatize himself in the challenging Aussie conditions. Known to be a more of a technically compact batsman, Kohli worked more on the aerial shots instead of powerful groundstrokes. He was also seen trying to use of the depth of the crease and not shied away from coming down the track. Also Read - Mumbai Indians Tweets Live Scores & Commentary of MI vs CSK Match as COVID-19 Forces Postponement | SEE POSTS
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After a series whitewash against the world champs, India would look to dominate the three T20Is against Kangaroos. The touring side has won its previous seven T20I series dating back to November 2017, and its last defeat in the format was against West Indies in July last year.
Not to mention, on their last tour to Down Under, the men in blue won the T20I series 3-0. So, they will be riding high on a wave of confidence and eager to make an early mark on this trip.
Earlier, during the pre-match conference – Kohli continued to promote his new ‘non-confrontation’ policy but clarified that his team will not take any sort of bad or unacceptable behaviour and will not back down if pushed to the wall. The fiery captain said that his team will not start anything but if the “line is crossed we stand up to that”.
“Aggression depends on how the situation is on field. If the opposition is aggressive towards you then you counter it. India is not a team that starts anything but we always draw a line of self-respect. If that line is crossed we stand up to that,” Kohli said.
“Aggression also means that within team how possessive you are to that situation and as a team how much effort you are putting in for each wicket. You can see that in body language when bowlers bowl and how long they can keep hitting the same area. Batsmen can be aggressive without saying anything.”
Ahead of a long summer of cricket, India will start as favourites against a weakened Australian side that is missing Steve Smith and David Warner desperately. An appeal to reduce their bans was turned down by Cricket Australia on Tuesday morning.