The Australian Media and their former players have already started their mind games, which they traditionally do against the visiting team during the Australian summer. This year, they have targeted India’s best and the most temperamental batsman Virat Kohli. Virat Kohli will lead India in the first Test at The Gabba, Brisbane in the absence of MS Dhoni. Kohli, has already some issues with the Australian crowd during India’s previous tour as he showed them his middle finger towards a section of Australian fans in the Sydney Test.
Aussie pace after the announcement of Indian Team said “There’s probably not a worse place than the Gabba for a foreigner to play their first Test as captain. The crowd gets a bit rowdy. I’ve played a few games up there for Victoria and it’s been hard work. I hope you all remember the ‘rowdy’ welcome that Stuart Broad had received last year in Brisbane and this time, Kohli will be in for an encore this time. The Aussie crowd didn’t forget his obscene gesture towards the stands at Sydney.”
The Australia quoted “what happens in the series shouldn’t matter anyway if they do well in the World Cup, for Indians don’t care about Test cricket. Even if they were to do well, it would depend more on whether the captain’s girlfriend was happy and if the chefs on tour washed their hands with warm, soapy water.”
Former pacer Stuart Clark added “The absence of Dhoni for the first Test was a clear sign that Tests were no longer a priority for India and that it was the second half of the Australian summer that would matter more to them.”
The Indians will have a tough time down under (both on and off the field) when the series begins at The Gabba, Brisbane on December 4, 2014.