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Aussies shouldn’t becoming ‘pussycats’ while dealing with Virat Kohli: Hughes

We are just one sleep away from the opening game between India and Australia. Visitor’s skipper Virat Kohli has been quite vocal about playing the game in the right spirit.

He also said that India will not go out of their way to sledge the Aussies. Kohli assured that he has matured well over the years and added that it was always the opposition which made the first move and that India only responded.

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Virat Kohli, Steven Smith, David Warner
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Virat Kohli will be under pressure: Hughes

On the other hand, the hosts are still finding their groove since the ball-tampering incident. Cricket Australia is quite serious about the culture and wants the spirit to be gentlemanly. The Aussies though succedded playing a different brand of cricket. Aggression always helped them getting the better of the opposition. Former Australian skipper Kim Hughes urged his side to have a bit of banter with Kohli. He feels it will get Kohli under pressure and might dent India’s hopes going forward.

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“You are not going to become pussycats. That’s not racially vilifying him (Kohli) at all or anything like that but just a good stare, or a couple of words, that’s part of the Australian way,” Hughes told Canberra Times. Hughes believes that Kohli is one of he best batters around. But also feels that there will be pressure on him as 1.2 billion people pin their hope on the charismatic batsman.

Virat Kohli, Aaron Finch, Australia vs India 2018/19
Focusing just on Virat Kohli ain’t going to help us, says Aaron Finch. Image Courtesy: Getty

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Hughes urges Australia to be aggressive

“Some are just unflappable, it doesn’t seem to matter what happens to them, like a Clive Lloyd – nothing seemed to phase him. Where a Kohli, you just get the feeling that if things didn’t go well, and you could keep the pressure on him, he might chuck the toys out of the cart,” said Hughes.

Virat Kohli. (Photo credit should read CHRISTIAAN KOTZE/AFP/Getty Images)

The 64-year-old said that for Kohli the real challenge will be to stay calm. “I saw him get a run-out once and he was blowing kisses, this sort of stuff. Therefore, and I think the other thing, the Indian players all gain a tremendous amount of faith and belief in him. That’s why, if you can, you can really get into him, more mentally. The real challenge for him is to stay calm, don’t get too emotionally, ”  said Hughes, who represented his country in 70 Test matches.

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