India will start their final leg of a long home Test season against Australia. The hosts will play the four-match test series with Aussies starting in Pune from 23rd February. Currently, the iconic ‘Border-Gavaskar’ trophy rests with Australia who defeated India 2-0 in their last series meet in the Test format Down Under.
Addressing media at a press conference on the eve of the first Test, Indian skipper Virat Kohli spoke about the opposition, burden of captaincy, his evolution as a batsman, Indian seamers and the role of captain Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc in the Australian team. Dismissing all the hype over the Test series against a team like Australia, Kohli said, “We’re not bothered about the opposition, we sure are aware of their skills, positives, and negatives but try to focus on our game and plans rather than mulling over them.”
The 28-year old skipper also assured that the upcoming series against Australia will be treated in the same manner as we have taken the previous encounters. He believes in giving equal respect to all his opponents be it England, New Zealand or Bangladesh.
“The recently concluded series with England was a tough one also and so as the New Zealand one. We as a team do not rank oppositions as higher or lower and respected all of them. Also, we take games as they came rather than thinking about the whole series,” added Kohli.
Too early to rate his own Captaincy
Virat Kohli boasts of a solid winning percentage of 65.22 as a captain. But the Delhi-born cricketer feels it is too early to pass a judgment on his captaincy.
Kohli said, “I don’t judge myself after every series. Priority and the only goal that we have is to win games of cricket. Captaincy will be as good as how your team performs and how consistent the players are. If we are not playing to our potential as players, there’s not much I can do as captain.
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“The more the team becomes mature, the captain starts looking good. If the team doesn’t do well, the captaincy bit seems out of control.”
"Maybe five to eight years down the line I will be able to judge myself as a captain if I remain captain for that long. I feel personally, it’s too early for me to sit down and judge what I have done well or haven’t,” he added.