Virat Kohli may have been at the forefront of a number of heated altercations with Australian players in the past but he is now expecting a friendlier yet competitive series against old foes in the upcoming four-match rubber.
Interestingly, it was Virat Kohli, who in the wake of the acrimonious 2017 home series against Australia, had declared in the press conference that his friendship with Australian players was over.
However, a lot has changed during the course of the last three years and the pandemic-ridden year has made him realize that is futile to hold any grudges against anyone.
“This year has made people realise a lot of things which might not have been necessary in the past,” Virat Kohli said while speaking to the press on the eve of the Adelaide Test.
“Holding grudges might be pointless. Don’t think things are going to be as personal as they used to be. We are contributing to a larger cause,” he added.
Virat Kohli also lauded the Indian Premier League, adding that playing alongside several Australian players in the cash-rich league, has helped him strike a chord of friendship with them.
He also added that thanks to the IPL, there is less acrimony and increased mutual respect among Indian and Australian players as compared to the past.
Kohli said that tensions might flare up during the keenly-contested series but he does not expect things to go personal. He also asserted that the quality of cricket will not drop.
“I feel there is much more respect on the field. There is going to be tension, emotions flaring. I don’t foresee anything getting personal anymore. But I don’t see the quality of cricket dropping.” Virat Kohli said.
”You have to maintain the dignity of the sport but you also have to understand that there are two quality sides going at each other. On the field, things are going to be competitive. Definitely going to be as competitive as it has always been.” he added.