Kohli hopes for sledge-free Australia tour

Kohli hopes for sledge-free Australia tour

"Now it is the time to really get focussed and play as a unit and then hopefully not have too many injuries, so that we don't have to look elsewhere and take it from there". The 37-year-old still continues to be India's main keeper in the 50-over format although his batting form has dipped alarmingly over the last several months. That is what we are working towards because he finishes one day, I finish playing one day but Indian cricket stays here and we are contributing towards that. India lost 2-1 in South Africa and then were outplayed in England 4-1.

While he feels the team has made progress despite the losses away from home, head coach Ravi Shastri said the series in Australia will be decided on mental toughness.

We have great bowling attack now. I think We have batted well in patches. "We have 13 games, so we will look to play the best team at all times", he added. "If we learn from the mistakes that we made in South Africa and England, it will hold us in good stead in Australia". "I think it is going to be really close series", he added. But no tour of Australia is a gentle experience. "That's a very personal thing for them". "When it comes to getting engaged in an argument on the field or in a fight as people want to call it excitedly, I've been completely okay in playing without an altercation, I'm very comfortable in my own space". I have enough belief in my ability that I can play without a reason to pump myself up. You don't find the need for all that.

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"About [Shastri] saying "yes" all the time [to me], that's the most freakish thing I've heard".

It's man management "His contribution ever since we started building this team is making people believe that they belong there". "About saying yes all the time, that is the most freakish thing I've heard". There hasn't been anyone who said no to me more than him in Indian cricket, honestly. Because, he is one guy I can speak to and gives an honest opinion and he will tell me if it doesn't need to be done, doesn't need to be done. I can vouch for it because at a time when we all went through a really hard time in England in 2014 for me, and for a lot of other players, Shikhar Dhawan in 2015 as well, to be able to come out of that shell, to bring the best out of the players, he is the most important factor. "I've made the most changes to my game listening to him [Shastri] than anyone else in the past", Kohli said. "It's a huge factor", Ganguly said on the sidelines of Complan's prize winners of the "Dream More and Grow More" contest here.

"Man management is the most important thing at the level that we play at".

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