Virat Kohli finds sledging ‘pointless’ but Tim Paine won’t take ‘backward step’ if need be


By: PTI | Adelaide |

December 16, 2020 8:35:52 pm

Words had been exchanged between India captain Virat Kohli and Australia skipper Tim Paine in motion throughout the 2018/19 sequence in Australia. (Reuters)

A pandemic-struck 2020 has taught folks various things. For India captain Virat Kohli, it has made him realise how “pointless” sledging is and he promised that “unnecessary stuff will be filtered out” throughout the upcoming Test sequence towards Australia.

His Australian counterpart Tim Paine, nevertheless, is able to push the envelope if the sport scenario calls for that.

“I think this year (because of pandemic) also has made people realise a lot of things which might not have been necessary in the past where you hold grudges or you have unnecessary tension between teams or individuals, which is absolutely pointless,” Kohli stated on the eve of the opening Test, a day-nighter right here.

Paine, on his half, agreed that there isn’t a need to get aggressive but he and his males won’t take a “backward step” if need arises.

“Yeah, look, in terms of what goes on in the field, we’ll have to wait and see,” Paine stated throughout his media interplay.

“You certainly don’t go into it planning to have run-ins or be overly aggressive or anything of that. We just sort of go out, try and execute our plans, firstly with our skill, with bat and ball.”

But on area, issues do warmth up at instances, conceded Paine. And ought to that occur, “…there’s no doubt that this team won’t be taking a backward step.”

The Indian captain, nevertheless, feels that there isn’t a need to get private even if one had been to get aggressive.

“You still going to be professional and make sure that you are positive and aggressive in your body language and the way you go about the things on the field,” he stated.

“But I don’t think that things are going to be as personal as they used to be before, also because of the fact that we all understand that we are contributing to a larger cause and it’s the quality, if cricket that has to stand out.”

But good on-field behaviour is a two-way road and Australia’s managed aggression after the 2018 ball-tampering scandal and relations developed because of IPL, has contributed largely to this side.

“At the top of the day the pointless stuff, it’s going to get filtered out just about by itself.

“Yeah, it could be a culmination of playing a lot of IPL. Australia changing their approach to an extent, and also as I said just the way things have panned out this year, everyone is just grateful for the opportunity to be back on the field.”

Tension, stress and feelings are all a part of high-intensity sport and it’ll be there but as one add years to life, they have an inclination to grasp what are the issues that need to be curbed, stated Kohli.

“I hope that the cricket continues to be competitive and we should not compromise on the quality of cricket and banter is going to go on,” he stated.

“There is going to be tension, there is going to be stress, there is going to be emotions flaring every now and then but I don’t foresee anything getting personal anymore,” he made it clear.

“I think also all of us getting smarter…so we are going to make better choices and smarter choices. But make sure that the quality of cricket remains same,” he signed off.

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