Aaron Finch believes his opposite number Virat Kohli will be “Verbal” in the upcoming series
Finch said Kohli is the same in every match that he plays.
Updated - Nov 20, 2018 8:35 pm
Aussies skipper and opener Aaron Finch believes that Indian captain Virat Kohli will lead his team with the same aggression that comes naturally to him in the upcoming series down under. Finch said it comes naturally to him and brings out the best in Kohli’s game.
A few days back, in the pre-tour conference, captain the Indian captain promised that he won’t be verbal with the Aussies as he is not feeling any need to be aggressive. But if provoked his team won’t back down. However, Finch believes that his opposite number will remain the same aggressive cricketer and will be verbal to pump up his boys on the exhausting tour. The Victorian believes that it is Indian captains style of cricket and he plays the same everywhere, may it be for India or in the IPL.
He loves that
The 32-year-old while speaking to the media on the eve of the game said, “Virat plays the game that gets the best out of himself, and I think that at times, for him that’s about being verbal for his team, and pumping them up and being right in the contest. He loves that.”
“He plays the same way for everyone, whether for India or in the IPL. So, the verbal won’t change whatsoever – I think what he was referring to was his aggression, but ‘verbal’ is an encouragement for teammates. It’s not abuse or anything like that,” he further added.
The lengthy tour that comprises of three-T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs will commence on Wednesday with a T20I at the Gabba in Brisbane. The Aussie skipper believes that the T20I series will be Australia’s best chance to challenge an upbeat India in the absence of leading batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner. He said that the shortest format allows the hosts to be aggressive and more competitive against a strong Indian side, which has been in good form across formats.
T20I is the only format where Australia has been able to perform decently in the last one year or so, and the team has the players to produce a tough competition against the mighty Indian side.