Indian current captain Virat Kohli likes to involve in a verbal confrontation with the opposition because it charges him up to give the best. Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood has also opined the same, saying that Kohli likes to get in tussle because it stimulates him to show his hundred per cent.
Virat Kohli is never shy to show his emotion while other captains try to remain calm and composed in the field. His aggression is well-known to all the teams who have played against him. For instance, last year, when West Indies toured India to play the T20I series, he engaged in the banter with Kesrick Williams as he mimicked the notebook celebration of the pacer. His best was seen in that match as he went on to play firing innings, scoring 94* off 50 balls.
Josh Hazlewood, who has also been the prey of Virat Kohli’s aggression, has warned that he should not be provoked while batting as it may back-fire the bowlers. The run-machine likes to get under the bowler’s skin and dismantle him.
“I think that was fully evident throughout the series. I think he likes to get in that tussle and it probably brings out the best in him, especially when he’s batting, that was always a no-go-zone for the bowlers.”
We get Virat Kohli in a bit of a switched off mood: Josh Hazlewood
India are scheduled to tour Australia later this year. They will begin the tour with a three-match T20I series followed by a four-match Test series. Hazlewood has planned to get the wicket of Kohli during that tour by not interrupting him in the field. He believes that his plan will work to get the wicket of the run machine.
“I think it’s a different case if the guys are batting and he’s in the field, you know they can get him engaged there and sort of working him out a little bit if possible, but certainly when he was batting, it was just leaving him to his own devices, and hopefully, we get him in a bit of a switched off mood and take advantage of that,” Hazlewood explained.
Meanwhile, last year, India won the four-match Test series against the hosts Australia in the absence of two Aussie star performers Steve Smith and David Warner. But, in the upcoming tour, all the key Australian members are likely to be present so it will be interesting to see who lifts the Border-Gavaskar Trophy this time.