India vs Australia 2018: Given the form Indian captain Virat Kohli is in, he will undoubtedly be the most prized wicket in the tour of Australia for the hosts. Delhi-born Kohli does not shy away from an altercation, but he has vowed not to get into one unless provokes, but it seems Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins does not feel that way. Kohli would surely know that India start favourites may be for the first time in Australia and he would look to make the most of it, he would be eager to create an impact like he always does. Also Read - COVID-19 Pandemic: BCCI Donates Rs 51 Crore to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Relief Fund
Here are shots of Kohli from the net session ahead of the T20I series and he is seen looking to go after the bowling and knowing the talisman he would look to replicate that during the match. India plays their first T20I in under 24 hours from now and Kohli will look to create an impact right away. Also Read - Mike Hesson Throws Weight Behind Virat Kohli, Says India Captain Wasn't The Only One to Struggle in New Zealand
“When it comes to getting engaged in an argument on the field, I have been completely okay playing without an altercation. I have enough belief in my abilities. Those were very immature things I used to feed on when I was younger,” the skipper said making things clear during the pre-departure interaction. Also Read - Earth Hour 2020: Rohit Sharma Wants Citizens to do Their Bit For The Planet on Saturday
With the spotlight on Kohli, who will be the Australians who would look to get under his skin with sledging.
Pat Cummins: The Indian captain likes challenges and Cummins has already made a statement before the start of the series where he feels Kohli will not score a single century in the series. Now, that is a tall claim to make considering he is the No 1 batsman in the world. With his statement, he made one thing very clear that he would stand between Kohli and him scoring a hundred. The comments from the Aussie received a lot of flak but it seems he is ready to stand by them. So, if he gets involved in a verbal dual remember it was always on the cards.
“We’ll hold our ground, we’re going to be competitive and all those things. We wouldn’t treat him differently to any others. I think you’ll see a lot of passion from both sides but nothing super fiery like we saw against India a couple of years ago,” he said recently when asked about the verbal battle. He further stated that getting himself fired up will help him stay better focused.
Mitchell Starc: With the kind of pace he can generate, he will be one of the most feared bowlers from the Australian pace battery. He can clock speeds of `145 kmph + and has the ability to trouble the tourists. His biggest target would be the best batsman from the opposition and Kohli would know of that in advance. And to get under the skin of the best batsman in the world, he could engage in a verbal dual. The left-arm pacer, however, only managed to account for four wickets in the recently concluded 2-match Test series against Pakistan. He would be looking to better that record while playing India.
Glenn Maxwell: He is one of the most aggressive cricketers in the current lot, now that David Warner is not there. He could look to divert Kohli’s attention with words knowing well that Kohli is the big fish from the opposition. Maxwell has been in great form off late and with the confidence he has, he could try engaging Kohli in a verbal game. Kohli should look to avoid all of that.