While attending a press conference on the eve of India vs Australia 1st T20I match at Brisbane on Wednesday, Virat Kohli said that aggression to different people has a different meaning. Kohli, known not to mince words while speaking his mind, on Tuesday said that aggression to him is about the passion for winning the game at any cost for his country!
Kohli said, “Aggression for me is the passion to win and winning on every ball for the team. I think people have a different meaning of aggression, but for me, it is to win the match at any cost and giving 120% for the team on each and every delivery.”
The Indian cricket team captain also downplayed the recent ruling by Cricket Australia over amending the sanctions on the banned trio of David Warner, Steve Smith, and Cameron Bancroft. Kohli said, “I honestly don't know exactly what happened before those decisions were taken. Obviously, everyone saw what happened, but unless I know the details, it is not my place to comment on.”
Kohli was asked about his views on the current atmosphere around India’s tour Down Under. Speaking on it, Kohli commented, “You can never underestimate any side. We haven't played Australia after everything that has happened so I cannot say what the atmosphere is going to be on the ground like."
Given how the Indian pace-quartet has performed in recent times, Kohli was all praise for his fast bowlers, especially Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Kohli said, “Any captain would love to have them both in their attack, and I have been lucky to have them both bowling so well for the team.”
He added, “They are thinking bowlers, understand the situation and get a gut feel of what the batsmen are looking to do before bowling. And the ability to predict what is going to happen on each ball is what keeps them ahead of the batsmen most of the times.”
Full Press Conference Video of Captain Virat Kohli Ahead of India vs Australia, 1st T20I, 2018:
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The Indian management has announced their 12-man squad, which will be playing in the 1st T20I. With the top and middle order seems to be already set, and with Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar – other two certainties – it will be interesting to see who among Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Kuldeep Yadav will make it to the final XI.