India Today – India – India captain Virat Kohli has played down the sledging war between Australia skipper Tim Paine and himself, saying neither of them goes out looking to find reasons to talk about.

Summary

  • India captain Virat Kohli has played down the sledging war between Australia skipper Tim Paine and himself, saying neither of them goes out looking to find reasons to talk about.
  • Speaking to the press on the eve of the much-anticipated Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, Kohli, reiterating his comments from before the start of the ongoing four-match series, said both the teams will fight hard but won’t cross the line on the field.
  • Virat Kohli kicked up a storm when he frequently traded barbs with Paine in the second Test at Perth.
  • At one point in the match that extended to five days, Kohli and Paine almost bumped into each other and the umpires had to intervene to prevent matters from escalating.
  • The Melbourne Cricket Ground wicket, which was rated poor after a boring draw during last year’s Ashes, isn’t going to be a minefield for the Boxing Day Test but captain Kohli said the key to finding success overseas is mental determination.


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