Virat Kohli | Kuldeep Yadav | India vs Australia 2018-19


Making light of the obsession surrounding him ahead of the Australia Test series, India skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday said every batsman in the side has the ability to win games single handedly and the hoopla around him is something he can not do anything about.

But Justin Langer's side can take comfort from India's recent troubles in England, where they were thumped 4-1, as well as being able to call upon arguably the strongest bowling attack in world cricket. He's shown that over the last few years.

Kohli has fought fire with fire in previous battles with Australia, rowing over all manner of subjects and essentially alleging a year ago that Australia were systematically cheating when it came to the Decision Review System (DRS). "Trav has my full support and I looking forward to seeing him get some big runs this summer". How this one pans out, on both counts, will be interesting to watch. You can't please everybody. So I think it'll be a good contest.

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Kohli, has led India's batting since last two years or so with consistency across all three formats and he topped the ICC rankings in Test and one-day internationals.

The bowler said his team has been making plans for Kohli and a few "options" will be in place. "This is a team sport and Virat also understands that".

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"He's been through some tough times, spent a lot of time in a hospital bed, so any way that we can help to put a smile on his face, it's the very least we can do for him".

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Ricky Ponting's men won by 122 runs for a record-breaking 16th consecutive Test victory with just seven balls remaining in a breathless finish after part-time spinner Michael Clarke took three wickets in five deliveries.

"With a cricket wicket, we're actually nearly killing the grass. We're not taking anything for granted".

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Australia skipper Tim Paine says he is sick of all the ball-tampering talk and it is time to move on and focus on halting powerhouse India from winning their first Test series Down Under.

He didn't hide that Adelaide is his favourite ground outside India. I can't describe what it is, not in front of the media, but he's made some adjustments which have helped him.

The weather has already made its mark this season.

India's pre-Test preparations at the SCG last week were then hit by a once-in-a-century storm.

Rahane, however, was keen to throw the pressure of expectation back on the hosts when the much-anticipated series gets underway in Adelaide on Thursday, and scoffed when he was asked whether Australia would be ripe for the picking. "I can not tell people to not to talk about it or write about it", he added.

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