Australia’s limited-overs captain, Aaron Finch was a bit surprised to see the calm and relaxed nature of Virat Kohli when both shared the dressing room while playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Aaron Finch revealed that Kohli is a calmer person than he expected. The right-hander said that the RCB skipper does plenty of planning and preparation of his side more than the opposition. The Aussie white-ball captain opined that Kohli was always confident in his playing eleven and backed the players well.
As quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald, Aaron Finch said, “I think the change is in the way he goes about it now. I think as a person he is probably a bit more relaxed out on the field and understands the tempo of the game. What really surprised me was how he obviously does a lot of planning and preparation himself, and into the opposition, but he never focused more on the opposition than his own team.
“At Bangalore, he was always confident in the XI players that were picked and knew that if you played well, you had every chance of winning. It was great to see that (relaxed) side of him.”
Kohli can be ruthless as an opposition: Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch led Australia to a 2-1 victory over India while the visitors’ won the T20I series by the same margin. The four-match Test series is about to begin in less than a week, and as usual, there is excitement among fans. However, fans have expressed their disappointment at the lack of intensity between the two sides in the limited-overs leg.
However, Aaron Finch warns his compatriots to not sledge or tile up the Indian captain as it could backfire at them. Kohli likes challenges as it brings out the best in him. The 34-year-old both teams have got world-class players and that could lead to some sort of battle on the field.
“I think there will be times when things boil over and when you have got strong characters on either team that’s going to come to a head at some point. (But) there is a fine balance there, isn’t there? You don’t want him (Kohli) to get up and about in the contest. When he does, he can be ruthless on an opposition,” Aaron Finch added.
The Border-Gavaskar Trophy commences on 17th December with a day-night affair in Adelaide. India captain, Virat Kohli has pulled out from the next three Test matches in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane as he will return to India to attend the birth of his child.