Kohli rates Aussies as world-class ahead of T20 battle

Kohli rates Aussies as world-class ahead of T20 battle

Team India has landed in Australia for a spine-chilling tour, but the hosts will be missing the services of two of their prominent cricketers from the team.

For the first T20, which will be held in Brisbane on November 21, around 30,000 people are expected to be present; while for the second match at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the figure is likely to be around 70,000, Cricket.com.au reported.

India captain Virat Kohli Tuesday said his team made some "radical mistakes" during the disappointing tour of England and will look to ensure they are not repeated in the assignment against Australia. The 30-year-old would next be seen in India's T20I series against Australia. "Reason why both of them have been good is because they're thinking bowlers - they understand the situation and get a gut feel of what a batsman is looking to do before they're going to bowl". Skipping it came as somewhat of a relief to Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma, who said the squad was determined to make it count against an Australia side chronically short of confidence.

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"If he (Kohli) is not the best player in the world, he is in the final two or three".

Two Twenty20 worldwide centuries in 2018 and four overall - more than anyone else in the world - have made Sharma an indisputable heavyweight in the format. Aggression also means that within team how possessive you are to that situation and as a team how much effort you are putting in for each wicket.

They have never won a Test series in Australia. There's a lot at stake when India and Australia face each other, irrespective of the format. "When we step on the field we have 11 individuals striving for excellence, they want to be the best they can".

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While Kohli is a dangerman for India, so are KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma, who has smashed two centuries in four T20 innings since July.

"Similarly, we are taking no prisoners and we want to go out and put our best foot forward, focussing on our game rather than focussing outside", he sounded cautious. "We are still very confident in this format". Kohli, who has been in red-hot form in 2018 has unfinished business in Australia and will be hungry for success. Kuldeep Yadav will take his place in the side. That reality alone with ratchet up pressure on both India and Australia, lending an intriguing edge to a series that has has steadily acquired marquee status over the years. If the opposition is aggressive towards you then you counter it. India is not a team that starts anything but we always draw a line of self-respect.

"He gives us that balance to the side as a bowler and a batsman which allows you to play that extra bowler - now we have to think twice".

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